FIRST Lenin statue unveiled in West Germany following legal battle

A small German party, Marxist-Leninist Party of Germany (MLPD), has installed a monument to the first Soviet leader, Vladimir Lenin, in the western city of Gelsenkirchen. City authorities sought to block the initiative but ended up launching an online educational campaign.

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