Apparently not many in Moscow like a gigantic suitcase sitting in the middle of the Red Square. After complaints from Moscow residents and politicians, Russia’s presidential administration yesterday sent marching orders to remove the two-story temporary exhibition hall from the square.
The Red Square Trunk pavilion is built right next to Vladimir Lenin’s mausoleum. A Russian Member of Parliament, Alexander Sidyakin, made the official complaint with the country’s anti-trust watchdog to get the monogrammed trunk removed. His talking point was trunk violated country’s advertising laws. They also padded the complaint with some building code violations too, just in case.
The exhibition “Soul of Travel” was set to share Louis Vuitton’s journey since 1854 and stories of its legendary adventurers and travelers. Ticket sale proceeds from the exhibition were to benefit Russian supermodel Natalia Vodianova children’s charity, The Naked Heart Foundation.
“This is a sacred place for the Russian state. There are some symbols that cannot be trivialized or denigrated,” Sergei Obukhov, a member of the Communist Party Central Committee, told the Wall Street Journal.
A GUM department store spokesman said prior to forced removal order, the company had received full clearance for the installation from the government. Louis Vuitton so far made no comments about the issue.
Source: Huffington Post