War in Ukraine, Finland removes last Lenin monument

A bust of the Soviet revolutionary made by the Estonian sculptor Matti Varik

Lenin Street from Finland. The last monument dedicated to the Soviet revolutionary leader – a bust made by Estonian sculptor Matti Varik – has been removed from the center of Kotka in the south of the country. Donated to the city in 1979 for its twinning with Tallinn, the Estonian capital, it was so far the last major tribute to a Soviet politician on the streets of Finland, although commemorative plaques of Lenin remain in other parts of the country.

The bronze bust, repeatedly vandalized, will be delivered to the Museum of Kymenlaakso, the region where the city of Kotka is located, its director, Kirsi Nikou, told Finnish public television Yle. The decision was made in June by the City Council.

At the end of April, Turku authorities had ordered the removal of another bust of Lenin from the historic city center, in reaction to the Russian invasion of Ukraine. The same fate befell many other Soviet-era monuments, which have been dismantled in recent weeks, particularly in the Baltic countries.