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Russia outraged by giant Louis Vuitton anniversary suitcase

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MOSCOW (AP) - Politicians didn't like it, the public didn't like it, so the gigantic Louis Vuitton suitcase is being booted out of Red Square.

The GUM department store on Red Square, which is responsible for 30-feet (nine meters) high and 100-feet (30-meters) long construction, promised in a statement released Wednesday that it would be dismantled.

Politicians and public alike condemned the exhibit, a stone's throw from the tomb of communist leader Vladimir Lenin. State news agencies reported that the Kremlin had demanded the removal of the display.

The construction is part of an exhibition called "The Soul of Travel," marking Vuitton's 150th anniversary and was to open on Dec. 2. Louis Vuitton said the construction was a copy of a model owned by a Russian noble, Prince Vladimir Orlov.

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stanurso December 02 2013 at 8:09 PM

I believe that the monolith erected near Lenin's tomb was intended to be an exoneration of the Leon Trotsky assassination in Mexico.

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THE LIDAWERS December 02 2013 at 6:06 PM

byyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy

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sek1963 December 02 2013 at 5:07 PM

Bring it to NYC we LOVE this!

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jpagliacowen December 02 2013 at 4:23 PM

What are the soviets so worried about? Might it be a 'secret' hiding place?? An idea for the russians to PACK THEIR BAGS? TEABAGGERS, ,THIS IS THE KIND OF GOVERNMENT YOU'RE FIGHTING FOR!

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Allie December 02 2013 at 7:21 PM

They are offended because it refers to an imperial period of Russia's history that they would rather forget.

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charles000 December 02 2013 at 4:11 PM

I've seen my share of bad PR choices . . . but this is pretty near the top of the list. Life is not easy for the vast majority of everyday Russians. WHY would such a ridiculously over the top (albeit ugly) display of pseudo opulence be erected here? WTF???

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Patricia Milam December 02 2013 at 11:28 AM

I have been wishing for one of their handbags, but now I just don't know. I see people with their luggage and I think what a lot of money.

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branflakesalot December 02 2013 at 11:23 AM

I happen to think that box is a monstrocity and money thrown away for a BOX, it's a Frikkin' box man...and it's ugly sh...t brown stain on the beautiful city street is a shame..GLAD they're taking that ugly thing down...you can't see anything past it, thru it, above it, and it's just UGLY to have to view....

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Jim December 02 2013 at 10:56 AM

Why was it permitted to be built in the first place?

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Rob December 02 2013 at 9:58 AM

I hate dirty, filthy Ruskies

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branflakesalot December 02 2013 at 11:25 AM

"and Rob hates....
Indians, Natives, legals, blondes, cops, blacks,army, rangers, cowboys and ice cream"

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kev4fun2day December 02 2013 at 11:54 AM

I sure he even hates himself.

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tyler02135 December 02 2013 at 3:25 PM

and don't foget the GOP and Teabagers

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idodeco2 December 02 2013 at 9:50 AM

Is Vuitton Russian? It is too big, and on the ugly side, regardless of what it's copied from

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branflakesalot December 02 2013 at 11:25 AM

READ ARTICLE AGAIN RETARD.

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