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Lenin Statue in the Mandalay Casino.

Giant Headless Statue Of Lenin (Gone)

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Las Vegas, Nevada

Nothing spits in the dead eye of a counter-capitalist political system like standing one of its heroes inside a Las Vegas casino and cutting off his head.

Meet Vladymir Lenin.

Vladimir Ilyich Lenin (1870-1924), who was one of the leaders of the Soviet revolution, has stood outside "Red Square," a pricey vodka bar along Mandalay Bay Hotel-Casino's indoor restaurant row, since early 1999. An iron giant of heroic proportions, the statue initially caused controversy: was a casino celebrating a communist? So the owners of Mandalay Bay lopped off Lenin's head and spattered his decapitated shoulders and shoe tops with simulated bird poop.

Of course, Vegas is a city of heroic proportions, and Lenin is just one more minor landmark. Without his head, he's even more oblique and Sphinx-like than the Luxor Sphinx next door.

The Lenin statue's head is frozen inside a block of ice within the bar's walk-in freezer, reportedly viewable by patrons who buy the expensive stuff and ask nicely for a peek.

Also see: Another Lenin (with head) | Las Vegas - Mighty Mutant

Giant Headless Statue Of Lenin

Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino

At the south end of the Strip, at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino, at the Red Square bar.
Nov. 2019: Bar closed, Lenin removed.

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