Giant Louis Vuitton Trunk Removed From Red Square

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The trunk, which stood just steps away from Lenin's tomb for two weeks, was supposed to host a six-week exhibition celebrating the companies ties to Russia. The suitcase also blocked the view of the St. Basil's Cathedral from the square's entrance, enraging some politicians.

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LINDA WERTHEIMER, HOST:

And today's Last Word In Business is, a trunk that has Russians seeing red. A building-sized Louis Vuitton trunk was set up in Moscow's historic Red Square.

DAVID GREENE, HOST:

This big thing was meant to house a charity exhibition, featuring suitcases from the luxury fashion company. But reaction was not so charitable. Lawmakers condemned it as an obscenity in a sacred place.

WERTHEIMER: So yesterday, the government ordered the trunk be packed up and sent home.

And that's the business news on MORNING EDITION, from NPR News. I'm Linda Wertheimer.

GREENE: Only in Russia. And I'm David Greene.

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