- The Washington Times - Wednesday, April 1, 2009

ST. PETERSBURG, RUSSIA (AP) - A bomb has blown a large hole in one of Russia’s best-known statues of Vladimir Lenin.

The blast hit the towering statue in the square outside Finland Station in St. Petersburg. The bronze statue, portraying Lenin with his arm raised, commemorates a speech he gave outside the station when he returned to Russia from exile in April 1917, a few months before the Bolshevik Revolution.

City police spokesman Vyacheslav Stepchenko says no one was injured in the blast that took place before dawn Wednesday. The bomb had the power of about 400 grams of TNT, he says.



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