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Lenin to be Replaced by Poet Statue in Town that Bears his Name

<p>Activists claim more than 100 statues of Lenin have been downed across Ukraine in a display of anti-Russian sentiment.</p>
A felled statue of Lenin.
A statue of Lenin awaits removal in a small town named after him, Lenino, Ukraine, on Feb. 26, 2014.James Novogrod / NBC News

Lying in the dirt in the Ukrainian village of Lenino is a statue of the man who gave the settlement his name: Vladimir Lenin.

With Ukraine torn between an alliance with Europe or Russia following the ouster of its president last week, anti-Moscow activists say they have toppled around 100 statues of Lenin around the country in a display of defiance.

But in the village of Lenino, west of the Ukrainian capital Kiev, sculptor Vlad Volosenko has plans to replace Lenin’s figure with that of a 19th century Ukrainian poet, Taras Shevchenko, who is credited with founding modern Ukrainian literature.

Making final adjustments to the work, Volosenko said it was his "contribution to the revolution."

Volosenko is a local sculptor but he has had his work displayed around the world. He has had exhibits in the U.S. from San Francisco's St. Regis Hotel to Trump Hollywood, Donald Trump's luxurious condominium complex on Florida’s Gold Coast.