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There Is A Huge Louis Vuitton Box On Red Square Right Now And Russians Aren't Happy

It is the perfect symbol of modern Russia. But not everyone saw the funny side.

Last updated on November 26, 2013, at 4:44 p.m. ET

Posted on November 26, 2013, at 4:44 p.m. ET

Last week, a huge Louis Vuitton trunk went up on Moscow's Red Square.

Not all Muscovites took to it.

Some members of parliament objected to putting the suitcase in the middle of the square, Moscow's historic center.


It's better known for hosting endless military parades, like this one.

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Others tried to see the funny side. This Photoshopped image of the nearby Lenin Mausoleum — which the real suitcase dwarfed, much to the ire of Communists — did the rounds.

"All is lost," said the caption over this famous Louis Vuitton ad starring former Soviet premier Mikhail Gorbachev, who first brought capitalism to Russia. "I'll get even for you."

By Tuesday evening, organizers had pledged to move the suitcase, which was intended to house a Louis Vuitton exhibition for a month.
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