Mihail Anicushin: V.I. Lenin
Turku received the Lenin sculpture from its twin city Leningrad (now St. Petersburg) in 1977. There were many sculptures of Vladimir Ilyich Ulyanov, a.k.a. Lenin, erected in cities across the Soviet Union. However, Lenin sculptures can also be found in countries that were never a part of the Soviet Union.
The V. I. Lenin bust sculpted by Mihail Anicushin (1917-1997) became a symbol of political division in Turku, and it still provokes political debate. Consequently, the sculpture has been defaced several times over the years.
The sculpture was moulded in the Monument Sculptura foundry in Leningrad. The base was made by Loimaan Kiviveistämö stoneworks in Loimaa. The sculpture was unveiled on Leningrad Day, 13 November 1977.