Lenin statues of the world

When the Soviet Union collapsed in 1991, Lenin statues were pushed over and beheaded as a symbol of the society's new openness. (That means in the countries occupied by the Russians). In Russia Lenin statues are however still a common sight. Most cities have at least one statue of Lenin and it is usually placed at Lenin square at the most central location. Small towns (up to 20 000 inhabitants) usually have an ugly low budget version or a bust instead.

On this page I have put together the Lenin statues over the world that are known to me. If you have information about other surviving Lenin statues, please mail the author: Contact information Please note that in my mind the communistic system was b-a-d and this page is NOT a tribute to Lenin and it´s not a political site.

Reason 1:
It is a tribute to cool propaganda statues and the work of the sculptors. Reason 2: Very likely the typical tourist picture taken by a westerner visiting mother Russia would be: To make that touristic one standing beneath Lenin and imitating him pointing out the way to the perfect society with his giant hand while the other hand is holding his ridicolous but cute cap. When shooting your picture the locals laugh and laugh and some drunkards might even yell at you for taking this, in their mind, very stupid picture. I started that way myself - then it became a sport to find the statue(s) in every visited Russian/CCCP city. More travel and Russian related topics are found here: www.luffa.nu

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Updated August 24, 2006  
   
Suzdal, Russia
I shot this picture during a visit in Russia 1999 in Suzdal, one of the charmy cities in the so called Golden ring. Average ranked statue of Lenin on duty outside a bank.
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Suzdal, Russia
Vlad is resting, hands in pockets, looking out over the cute and relaxed little town of Suzdal.
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Nizhny Novgorod, Russia
Lenin portraited in a characteristic pose, leading the way to utopia. On display in the dynamic city of Nizhny Novgorod, Russia´s 3rd biggest city.
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Ulan Bator. Mongolia
The former Lenin museum hosts a giant Lenin head. Nowadays the museum serves as a pool hall!
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St Petersburg, Russia
Addition by: Tapio M. Pitkäranta from Espoo, Finland. The statue is on Bolshoi prospekt, if I remember right. The text reads: "Workers of all the countries, unite".
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St Petersburg, Russia
A Lenin statue at the Botanical Institute in St. Petersburg, Russia. Added by: Jonathan Krieger, USA.
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Copenhagen, Denmark
A Lenin statue is placed at Arbejdermuseet in Copenhagen. Website. Photo by: Per Møller Andersen.
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St Petersburg, Russia
A giant statue of Lenin placed outside one of the train stations. Photo by: T. Mortensen.
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Tartu, Estonia
A discarded Lenin statue. Sent to me by "Romy".
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Pärnu, Estonia
Here is one more I saw on my travels - this one in beautiful town of Parnu of Estonia. Obviously he was beheaded sometime after the wall came down. Did not see the yellow light on but sure hope it's bright and blinking. The plaque at the base reflects the wonderful sense of humor of the Estonian people. The pictures were taken in August 2002.

Eero Heino
Charleston, South Carolina, USA
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Volchov, Russia
Volchov, 2 hours East of St Petersburg. It is the friendship town of (my town) Sundsvall, Sweden. Here you´ll find old buses from Sundsvall, the very same buses I went to school with in the 80s! In the centre you will also find this statue of Lenin. It has a very interesting background as it was brought here from Syria in 1957. During the collapse of Soviet Union people tried to remove the statue but one citizen was determined to keep it in place and stood on duty every day. Recently people decorated Lenin with a sign saying "Give me money!". A joke appreciated by most locals in the friendly town of Volchov.
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Yekaterinburg, Russia
I went to the post office to buy a few stamps in the great city of Yekaterinburg but when I entered I found this very impressive statue of " the man" and laughed a lot and forgot to do what I came there for.
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Irkutsk, Russia
A rather distinguished Lenin found in the overrated city of Irkutsk, Siberia.
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Murmansk, Russia
During our visit in May 2001 food was rare or very hard to find up in Murmansk. Add to the fact that the weather was terribly cold - but a cool monument of Lenin saved the day.
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Petrozavodsk, Russia
Probably the "best" Lenin north of St Petersburg. While in Petrozavodsk you may also enjoy a tour to Kizhi island - if not a snowstorm mess things up, like for us...
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Apatity, Russia
Most likely the ugliest statue of Lenin ever to be produced. Located in the very very boring town of Apatity. The sculptor can not have been very sober while manufacturing this low budget anonymous low class piece of junk.
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Monchegorsk, Russia
Monchegorsk, not very far from Murmansk in North European Russia is a very polluted industrial town. It was automatically assumed we were working for Greenpeace while strolling the streets. Anyway the town of course has a Lenin statue. Starved backpackers and travellers may also enjoy a hot dog at the Statoil gas station! A lifesaver up here where food and restaurants may be rare.
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Kazan, Russia
Kazan in the republic of Tatarstan, Russia, is a fascinating place located near the mighty Volga river. Their statue of Lenin is one of the top 10% I would say.
Photo: Henrik Olsson, Bromma, Sweden
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Vologda, Russia
On display in the rather pleasant but sometimes Sovietic city of Vologda there are at least 2 statues of the goated founder of the Soviet Union.
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Moscow, Russia
"Not in use" and not a feast for your eyes. This particular (ugly) statue of Lenin has been slaughtered/chopped and dismantled once. Now back in business again but this version of Lenin is spending his retirement in a sculptors park in Moscow.
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Irkutsk, Russia
Not very visible hidden between trees and rubble. Lenin is standing on duty outside a school in the somewhat overhyped city of Irkutsk in Siberia.
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Ulan Ude, Russia
For travellers making the Trans Siberian journey here is a feast for your eyes. During your stop in Ulan Ude, Siberia, if you are fast enough you might make it to see the world´s biggest Lenin head. Awesome!
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Monino, Russia
Inside the building of the impressive Monino airplane exhibition outside Moscow. Lenin greets visitors welcome.
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Omsk, Russia
This statue of Lenin located in Omsk, Siberia is nothing to write home about but Omsk itself is a nice city, well worth a visit.
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Vitsebsk, Belarus
In the strange city of Vitsebsk the locals have little or nothing to do. Only 2 restaurants and both were closed during our visit. People seem to drink vodka here more than anywhere else on the planet. Lenin is the only man standing upright...
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Slonim, Belarus
This gold painted Lenin is "not to be missed" according to the Lonely Planet guidebook. We followed their recommendation and went for it!
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Brest, Belarus
Brest is a rather pleasant city bordering Poland. I don´t know however in which direction this rather slim version of Lenin is pointing - towards Brussels or Leningrad?
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Krasnoyarsk, Russia
In the beautiful city of Krasnoyarsk, Siberia, you will find western shops like Benneton placed beside cool retro propaganda. Their statue of "the goated wonder" is also rather impressive. Located near Central Park.
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Moscow, Russia
In the All Russia Exhibition park you will find one very cool statue of Lenin. The surrounding Stalinistic buildings and sights are also stunning. A must for retro and Soviet buffs. If you only were to visit one statue this might be your choice!
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Monino, Russia
Located near a very impressive airplane exhibition where the Russian Concorde - TY144 is on display, a pale white "Vlad" is also mandatory. Here surrounded by some school kids, fans of Spartak Moscow.
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Smolensk, Russia
Smolensk, close to Belarus, is a rather boring and Sovietic place but their proud statue of "the man" is a welcome sight for bored backpackers.
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Rostov-On-Don, Russia
Located in Rostov, the gate to the Caucasus, you will find this statue of "uncle" Lenin. Happy hunting!
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Sochi, Russia
In Sochi, Russia, at the Black sea coast you may retreat from the lazy activities at the beach or the pubs at the promenade. Why not take a day off and hunt this rather nice statue...
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Novosibirsk, Russia
In the overrated city of Novosibirsk. This statue is one of the most humoristic ones since Vlad is joined by a group of other statues, some look like they are traffic-directors. Big fun.
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Yekaterinburg, Russia
Vladimir Ilich Lenin - the poet. This statue in the pleasant city of Yekaterinburg is far from the aggressive ones typical in other cities. In fact this remarkable one looks rather friendly. A man you would invite for a piwo perhaps...
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Moscow, Russia
Abandoned and not in "use". This Vlad wonders what has happened and why he is put in a sculptor´s park together with Stalin, Dzherzinsky and other communists...
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Archangelsk, Russia
Vlad is standing on duty, watching out over a frosty Archangelsk in the north of European Russia.
   
Cavriago, Italy
Lenin goes on vacation? Picture taken at Lenin square in Cavriago (a small town near Reggio Emilia, Italia).
   
Grutas, Lithuania
...The information about Lenin monuments in Lithuania is obsolete. All of them restored and are placed in private park Grutas near resort city Druskininkai. Here in the shade of firs and pines, the Soviet era monuments, torn down in 1989 and brought from Lithuanian cities and towns, are expansively laid out.

The quantity of sculpture with an ideological content in the single exhibition of Grutas Forest is a unique phenomenon in the world. It is the Lithuanian monumental inheritance of several decades.
These idols and symbols, thrust upon the Lithuanian nation during the tragic Soviet era, reveal to us and our children the historical truth about the Soviet occupation in Lithuania.

In order for everyone to understand it, they need to see it for themselves. The Grutas park address: Grutas, 4690 Druskininkai, Lithuania. Website
/Dmitrij Fedosejev,



   
Kotka, Finland
Here's a new one. Its situated in the finnish city of Kotka, in the eastern part of the country. I dont know the details of the statues history, but it was donated by the city of Tallinn in the seventies. In late 90's the statue got a new hand holding a russian mahorka cigarete, as a joke.

Right now there is a fierce fight going on shuold the statue be destroyed or kept in the city. I personally am for keeping side, because its part of the history and the best May 1st. parties are also held there :) /Jani Kääriä
   
Bender, Trans Dniester Republic
The country inside the country. When Moldova declared it´s independance so did the locals of the Trans Dniestr. They have their own currency although located on Moldovan soil. Moldova removed their statues while the Dniester ones been polished.
Photo: Lars Gustafsson

   
Tiraspol, Trans Dniester Republic
A beautiful piece of work by the sculptor: Vlad - the superman. Probably inspired by a comic magazine.
Photo: Lars Gustafsson

   

Tiraspol, Trans Dniester Republic
Dull and bored Vlad. Low budget version. Made in Hong Kong?
Photo: Lars Gustafsson


   
Minsk, Belarus
Classical pose, holding the cap and giving a speech to the thrilled (?) masses. "Freedom square itself is not too exciting but it is very large with a lot of greenery. It is surrounded by buildings of various universities and a very large statue of Lenin"
Photo: Lars Gustafsson
   
Barentsburg, Svalbard
This photo was taken at the still very communistic enclave of Barentsburg, Naturally a statue of the man is an essential part of the small Russian society of the some 800 coal miners there. The spies have probably left the area by now, but during the cold war tensions with Norway were sensitive.
Photo: Björn Sigbjörn
   
Belfast, Northern Ireland
This is above the main entrance of the Kremlin Bar in Belfast¹s Donegall Street. Further down the same street is another night club known as the Northern Whig. Inside there they have a massive statue of Stalin and several other Soviet statues. As you may notice to the right Lenin has a Soviet flag on its arm.
Photo: Joe Baker
   
Harare, Zimbabwe
"In Belarus I came into contact with a sculpture maker, whom used to be, in the Soviet era a official Lenin sculpture manufacturer. I contacted this person and requested him to make me a statue of Lenin, small one, about 1,2 meter high. This he did during a few months in 2000 and the statue was delivered to me with certificates etc certifying this statue as the last (until further at least) official Lenin statue made by a authorised Lenin Sculpturist. This sculpture is now located in my garden in Harare, Zimbabwe where i am currently expatriated. Think the statue has some sentimental value". /Jesper Pedersen
Photo: Jesper Pedersen
   
Volchov, Russia
The fat Lenin. This is the fatest statue of Lenin ever discovered after numerous trips to the former empire. I decorated him with the Swedish premier league team GIF Sundsvall´s scarf. The kids of the neighbouring school had the laugh of their lives during this photo session...
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Poltava, Ukraine
Rather ugly low budget version of Vlad placed in the historical city of Poltava, Ukraine. The big bucks seems to have been spent at the biggest cities of CCCP while small towns like Poltava did only get low budget Vlads...
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Monino, Russia
Lenin greets visitors welcome to the airplane exposition of Monino not far from Moscow. Not the best of Vlads though.
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Samara, Russia
The bigger the better. This must be one of the most impressive statues of Vladimir Ilich Ulyanov. Placed in Samara not far from Stalin´s ww2-bunker.
Photo: Kent Ekholm
   
Uljanovsk, Russia
Lenin, elegantly painted in white resting close to his birthplace in strange Lenin-zoo city of Uljanovsk, Russia.
Photo: Anders Thorsell
   
Saratov, Russia
An angry looking Vlad with an aggressive hangover look struggles out his hand desperately urging for more vodka...
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Volgograd, Russia
Yet another determined Mr Lenin, pointing out directions and giving orders in charmy Volgograd, Russia.(former Stalingrad).
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Zaporishshya, Ukraine
In this industrial town you may find only 3 sights of interest, the Lenin street, the Lenin hydroelectrical power plant and on top of the crown this statue overlooking them all.
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Uljanovsk, Russia
Lenin, the school boy. Placed outside the school where his mystical ideas were formed.
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Sevastopol, Ukraine
On top of a hill overlooking the previously closed city of Sevastopol. Classic pose pointing out the direction for the "perfect society" .
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Moscow, Russia
A thoughtful Vlad, placed on a backyard in Moscow, Russia.
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Kiev, Ukraine
One single statue left standing in central Kiev but it has a very central location close the Krechatuk street.
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Yalta, Ukraine
The man overlooking the Black see and surrounded by trees at charming Yalta.
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Kharkov, Ukraine
Life size statues of Lenin and Marx greets the visitors welcome to the corrupt city of Kharkov, Ukraine.
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Kharkov, Ukraine
Surrounded by socialist realist buildings old Vlad does his best to dwarf the fellow citizens into midgets.
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Dallas Texas
As a nice contrast to the McDonald´s restaurant in the background, old Vlad standing in a classical perplexed pose in Dallas Texas. Reader´s mail: "As if it weren't odd enough to see a Lenin statue in front of a burger stand in the middle of suburban Dallas in the heart of Texas, underneath the statue theres a little plaque reads: "American Won".

Apparently the owner of the burger stand, called "Goff's Hamburgers" is something of a surly guy... and is well known around town for being a total jerk to his customers... amazing since apparently the place has been around for years!
Photo: "D.M", USA

   
St Petersburg, Russia
A huge Lenin holding his cap in his hand pointing out the way for the progress of the new society...The statue is located at Moscow square surrounded by regular and symmetrical buildings which dwarfs its human occupants.
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St Petersburg, Russia
An angry looking Lenin stands outside the Smolny institute from where he lead the revolution
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Moscow, Russia
Seated Lenin in front of the former Central Party Archive in the center of Moscow
Photo: Marien van der Heijden
   
Potsdam, Germany
In the summer of 1996, this Lenin statue still stood in front of a former building for soviet officers in Potsdam. The building was derelict, the statue smeared with paint bombs.
Photo: Marien van der Heijden
   
Ulan Baatar, Mongolia
This "Vlad" statue stands outside the Ulanbaatar hotel. The only one in Mongolia?
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Narva, Estonia
The last Lenin statue in Estonia. Located only 50m from the Russian border !
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Kaliningrad, Russia
Giant and impressive, standing dominating the city center of Kaliningrad
Photo: Henrik Olsson, Bromma, Sweden
   
Vilnius, Lithuania
Two headless Lenins on the backyard of a monument factory
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Hanoi, Vietnam
Photo: Lars Gustafsson, Sweden
   
Berlin, East Germany
This Lenin doesn´t exist anymore. Lars Gustafsson took the picture two weeks before the wall break.
Photo: Lars Gustafsson, Sweden
   
TaldyKorgan, Kazakstan
Stacy Land says: "As we left the Deputy Minister's Office, Marty remarked on the number of statues of Lenin that still populate public areas. He asked, "Why does Lenin have his back turned to the municipal building?" The response: "He doesn't have his back turned to us; he's supposed to be leading us into the future.
...My picture was taken in TaldyKorgan, right outside of the municipal building, which made it pretty interesting for an American"
Photo: Stacy Land, Indianapolis, USA
 
Freedom Park, Arlington Virginia, USA

A toppled, headless statue of Vladimir Ilyich Lenin, the architect of Soviet communism, whose likeness was everywhere in the former Soviet Union. The statue was purchased through the Kombinat "Sculpture" of the St. Petersburg Branch of the Union of Artists of the Russian Federation. It was shipped from St. Petersburg, Russia.
Photo by: Marien van der Heijden
   
Seattle, USA
There is a controversial statue of Lenin perched near the Fremont Sunday market site. The Lenin statue was salvaged from the former Czechoslovakia.
Photo: Wendi Dunlap, USA
   
Vilnius, Lithuania - The Lenin legend lives on
This photo was anonymously sent to me reporting that Lenin was seen in Vilnius, Lithuania, the summer of 1996. Apparently Mr. Lenin likes champagne - as long as it´s of Soviet origin...
Photo: Mr X
Compiled by: Anders Thorsell, Sundsvall, Sweden 1995-2006. Website
Also check out my other site: Gagarin statues.

Thanks to:
Marien van der Heijden, Amsterdam, Holland
Karina Gabrielle, Ashland, Oregon, USA
Lars Gustafsson, Stockholm, Sweden
Henrik Olsson, Bromma, Sweden
Coleen Kosloski, Minneapolis, USA
Stacey Land, Indianapolis, USA
Wendy Dunlap, Seattle, USA
Kent Ekholm, Sweden