Russian locals worried about pigeon poo have rammed bird spikes into the head of a Lenin statue, leaving the revolutionary leader looking like the character Pinhead from the horror movie ‘Hellraiser’.
The bizarre incident took place in the port town of Magadan in the far-eastern Russian region of Magadan Oblast when local residents decided to install spikes on the Lenin statue to protect the main square from bird mess.
Images of the modified statue were posted online and netizens quickly pointed out that they had just made Lenin look like the main character from the horror classic ‘Hellraiser’.
Netizen ‘Liubov Batanova’ was worried about what the modification meant to her young child, complaining: “This is horrible. My kid is asking me why Vladimir Lenin has ‘hair’ when he used to be bald. I don’t know what to say. Whose idea was this?”
According to news site RBC Russia, city mayor Yuri Grishan, 63, ordered the removal of the metal spikes as soon as images went viral on social media.
The mayor said: “I consider the installation of the spikes on the Lenin monument to scare away birds to be disrespectful.”
The spikes were installed by residents worried about the amount of muck left on the square by birds taking a fancy to the Lenin statue. They said the birds would settle on the statue and from there drop mess onto the square and the people in it.
RBC said the statue is cleaned by the local authorities two or three times a year using specialist equipment.
Last month, a monument to Lenin was erected in front of the headquarters of the Marxist-Leninist Party of Germany (MLPD) in the German city of Gelsenkirchen which sparked angry protests.
The city authorities attempted to stop the statue being erected, but the courts blocked their appeals and the unveiling went ahead.
The monument is two metres (6.6 feet) high and was cast in the former Czechoslovakia in 1957.
Lenin was a leader of the 1917 Russian Revolution and led the country until his death in 1924 when he was succeeded by Joseph Stalin.
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