Vladimir Lenin was a revolutionary, and Russia’s first communist leader. His ideas were basically Marxist, but he developed them as time went on and his ideology is now known as Leninism. Lenin is seen as something of a saint by many Russians, who believe that he generally was working to make Russia (and the world) a better place.
A statue of Lenin that fell over in the Odessa region of Ukraine was not destroyed in connection with the Maidan protests, but rather fell over from wear and tear.
Netizens discuss posted images of Russian leaders Joseph Stalin and Vladimir Lenin as seen in foreign advertising and paintings by Andy Warhol and Damien Hirst.
A member of the LDPR has suggested Lenin's body be removed from the mausoleum under the pretext of restoration, and then not returned "due to lack of funds".
Some complain while others rejoice as a Romanian modern artist "restores" a headless statue of Lenin in Bucharest by adding snakes with roses instead of heads.