A far-left political group in Germany unveiled a statue of Russian communist revolutionary Vladimir Lenin over the weekend.
The 1.3-ton, cast-iron statue was originally made in 1957 and bought by the Marxist-Leninist Party of Germany for 16,000 euros, or $18,000. The raising of the statue was opposed by many Germans, local media reported.
Gelsenkirchen's city council fought against the installation of the statue, but was overruled in court because the statue was on private property.
Lenin, a communist who did not believe in the private ownership of property, rose to power during the Russian Revolution of 1917 and later founded the world's first communist nation, the USSR.