Then Marx came tumbling down
Officials from Moscow’s Committee for Monumental Arts recently discussed plans to remove what is the only monument of Karl Marx in the city, putting forward a variety of arguments.
The most frequently used argument was that the German Marx (1818-1883) – the philosopher, political economist and political theorist whose ideas are credited as the foundation of modern communism – never visited the Russian capital. For this reason, it was said, his monument, in a plaza facing the Bolshoi Theater in central Moscow, was out of place.
The sculpture is a bust of Marx rising from a massive granite block, which is inscribed with the famous slogan from the Communist Manifesto, “Workers of the World Unite”.