MOSCOW — An angry Soviet collective farm chairman ordered a statue of V. I. Lenin to be buried in a ditch because he said it had been imposed on him by local authorities, the daily Komsomolskaya Pravda reported Wednesday.
It quoted unrepentant chairman Alexander Rodionov from the "Lenin Memorial" farm in Meshchorka in the Yelets region of central Russia as telling the Komsomolskaya Pravda correspondent:
"We didn't order it or pay for it. It was sent by them in Yelets."
The bulldozer driver and Communist Party member who buried the statue said the farm chairman had used threats to force him to do it.