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Russia outraged by giant Louis Vuitton suitcase

Russia outraged by giant Louis Vuitton suitcase
Tourists and visitors pass by a two-story Louis Vuitton suitcase erected at the Red Square in Moscow, Russia.
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MOSCOW (AP) — Politicians didn't like it, the public didn't like it, so the gigantic Louis Vuitton suitcase is being booted out of Red Square.

The GUM department store on Red Square, which is responsible for 30-feet (nine meters) high and 100-feet (30-meters) long construction, promised in a statement released Wednesday that it would be dismantled.

Politicians and public alike condemned the exhibit, a stone's throw from the tomb of communist leader Vladimir Lenin. State news agencies reported that the Kremlin had demanded the removal of the display.

The construction is part of an exhibition called "The Soul of Travel," marking Vuitton's 150th anniversary and was to open on Dec. 2. Louis Vuitton said the construction was a copy of a model owned by a Russian noble, Prince Vladimir Orlov.
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