“First, the city administration said that the monument cannot be set due to… of the law on the protection of monuments… a similar position, according to our information, was made by the mayor himself, but we went to court, who said that the statue, of course, can be installed”, – quotes the official representative mlpg Peter Weispfenning RIA Novosti. According to him, the city administration tried to contact also the Higher administrative court of North Rhine-Westphalia, but that the claim of the authorities was rejected.

Established in Gelsenkirchen, the statue is not new – it was cast in 1957 in Czechoslovakia. German Communists… bought it on eBay from a seller from Austria, to which the monument came after the “velvet revolution” in Czechoslovakia in 1989. As shown by mlpg a survey among local residents, as many as 68 respondents were in favour of the installation of the statue, said Weispfenning. Before that only 204 people across the country have signed an online petition against the CDU of the monument. In mlpg emphasize that this is the first monument to Lenin established in West Germany.

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Jennifer Alvarez is an investigative journalist and is a correspondent for European Union. She is based in Zurich in Switzerland and her field of work include covering human rights violations which take place in the various countries in and outside Europe. She also reports about the political situation in European Union. She has worked with some reputed companies in Europe and is currently contributing to USA News as a freelance journalist. As someone who has a Masters’ degree in Human Rights she also delivers lectures on Intercultural Management to students of Human Rights. She is also an authority on the Arab world politics and their diversity.