“How Lenin ended up in a small Italian town” for New Lines Magazine

In the northern Italian town of Cavriago, near Reggio Emilia, a rare public bust of Vladimir Lenin stands in the public square that carries the name of the Bolshevik leader. Now a symbol of the local community’s tradition of resistance against the right, the story of the monument begins with a letter sent to Moscow by Cavriago’s communists in 1919 and ends with the substitution of a gift sent to Italy from Moldovan SSR with a dusty, forgotten sculpture made in Luhansk in 1922. The full story (with narration) is available on New Lines Magazine.