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Searching For Pieces Of Lenin

In the spring of 2015, the Ukrainian government passed so-called "decommunization" laws, which effectively outlawed Soviet-era symbols. Under legislation adopted in May 2015, the communist government that ruled between 1917 and 1991 is condemned as a criminal regime.

Across Ukraine, monuments to the founder of the Soviet Union, Vladimir Lenin, were dismantled and scattered around the country, often in pieces. Photographer Niels Ackermann and journalist Sébastien Gobert researched and tracked down the locations of these "pieces of Lenin." Their search brought them to museums, art galleries, and overgrown yards.

(A version of this gallery first appeared on The Calvert Journal.)