Mongolia Yanks Last Lenin Statue, Wants $280 for It
Ulan-Bator calls leader a 'murder
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted Oct 16, 2012 9:28 AM CDT
A screen grab from BBC video of the statue.   (BBC video)

(Newser) – Mongolian capital Ulan-Bator has taken down its last statue of Vladimir Lenin, hauling it away on a truck in a small attended, the BBC reports. Mayor Bat-Uul Erdene called Lenin and his cohorts "murderers" in a brief speech—a far cry from the "Teacher Lenin" that Mongolian schoolkids praised for decades. Some in the crowd threw shoes at the bronze sculpture, which will be auctioned off, with bidding starting at $280.