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Russia outraged by giant Louis Vuitton anniversary suitcase

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Russia Red Square Suitcase
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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dutz008 November 29 2013 at 11:28 AM

OK, where is the rest of the story, I'm not a fan of Louis Vuitton and never wilo be given his core beliefs, but this monstor is rediculious and should be burned as a gialnt bonfire, with lots of tailgaters attending. Burn the brief

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vicperdido November 29 2013 at 10:40 AM

My Question is why did they wait until the erected the overgrown suit case,,,and then get offended and tell them to tear it down?? I mean,,,,did they really not know that it was being built, and where it was being buit? Do they not have a building permit department that approves or dissaproves construction projects? If the government approved it,,,,and then changed their mind and wants it torn down,,,then that is a very bad reflection on their government for being wishy washy.

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JOANNE SILVA November 29 2013 at 10:44 AM

I want one!

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Robin November 29 2013 at 10:46 AM

If you want to celebrate an anniversary Louis Viutton, put on a sale of your items. Most designers have sales every once in a while! Just sayin!

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lbwalnj November 29 2013 at 10:46 AM

I suspect that either the Russian Government has a strong dislike for any commercialism of 'Red Square', much like it is banned like on the Mall in DC or LV just didn't pay off the right or enough politicians

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sailloco November 29 2013 at 7:59 PM

These days everybody is offended by everything.

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ANTON sailloco November 29 2013 at 8:20 PM

So true sailloco, it seems like no matter what it is somebody somewhere will be offended by it. People today are so thin skinned, its getting so hard to tell a simple joke now-a-days. Although we can still tell blonde jokes, wonder how long B4 we have to stop those. There used to be a guy on TV in the 1970s, for 1/2 hour he would sit in a chair drinking scotch telling jokes, the show was called Dave Alan at large, he would tell Polish jokes, Irish, Italian, etc. Back then you could say wop, ginie, poles, kraut, and all the names you could use for people who were Jewish, Italian, German, Hispanic, black, Indian, native Indian, etc. They were jokes, plain and simple, today no network would touch the guy. Its so bad you cannot even tell people things that are the truth like Jimmy the Greek unless it is revisionist history to where the truth does not offend anyone, which is impossible...

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gershompesach sailloco November 29 2013 at 8:44 PM

TRUE!!! ure comment offends me!!!

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Paul gershompesach November 29 2013 at 11:31 PM

Get a life…..it's part of real History .

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celienet November 29 2013 at 10:57 AM

Good lord. Did they NOT see it being built?

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nephurus November 29 2013 at 11:01 AM

I don't get it? Why is the government and people upset again?

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Dave November 29 2013 at 11:02 AM

It's hard to believe that Russian government officials did not know about it. In fact they probably approved it before they disapproved it.

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roborose2005 Dave November 29 2013 at 11:21 AM

Exactly. That's what I was going to say. Would seem they would have needed a permit -- but who knows how much influence and money changed hands -- just like in the U.S.

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timbretoth November 29 2013 at 11:03 AM

Backfired? What do they mean backfired? This is the best publicity they have ever had.

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