GREAT BRITAIN: Noblesse Oblige

Little Father Lenin was having a tough time of it. In 1942, the Finsbury Borough Council had erected a statue to Russia's First Proletarian in front of the Holford Square house in which he had once lived. Since then, the dead-white bust on its red marble base has had nary a moment's peace. Time & again it has been defaced—once with black paint of such tenacity that the slyly benign features remained permanently piebald.

Then, on a gloomy midnight last December, especially irreverent and irresponsible vandals went to work on the bust with a hammer. Result: no nose, a gouged-out...

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