The monument to Soviet leader Vladimir Lenin, vandalized last April, will return to its place St. Petersburg's Finlyandsky railway station a year after the blast.
One of the Soviet Union's first monuments was badly damaged in the blast, which took place early on April 1, 2009. Russian police made no reports on any charges filed or arrests made in connection with the case so far.
The bronze monument to Lenin was unveiled on November 7, 1926 at the site where he made a prominent speech after returning from exile in 1917 to lead the October Revolution. The statue was later moved closer to the Neva River.
Authorities subsequently ordered the dismantling of the monument for restoration work, which cost 6 million rubles ($204,000). It is expected to be put back in place on April 20, two days before the Soviet leader's 140th birthday.
Numerous Lenin statues were torn down in Russia and former Soviet republics following the collapse of the U.S.S.R. Many remain, however, with each large town or city usually boasting at least one.
There were a couple of reports of Lenin statues being vandalized in Russia and ex-Soviet states in 2009.
The Lenin monument in the Ukrainian capital Kiev was vandalized on June 30 by a group of nationalists, who damaged the face and an arm with hammers. When the restored monument was unveiled last November, two nationalists daubed the restored monument with red paint during the ceremony.
Earlier that month, a monument to Soviet leader Vladimir Lenin has been daubed with orange paint in the Russian Baltic exclave of Kaliningrad.
MOSCOW, April 1 (RIA Novosti)