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One unwelcome visitor has been booted from Moscow's Red Square. Nope, not a fanatic or a dissident but a gigantic Louis Vuitton suitcase set up to house an exhibit called "The Soul of Travel" about the travels and possessions of the rich and famous.


The Louis Vuitton company built the suitcase for a six-week exhibit of its line of luggage, as part of its 150th anniversary celebration.

The suitcase-shaped pavilion, 100 feet long and 30 feet high, was placed a stone's throw from the Kremlin and the tomb of Lenin. Its placement caused an uproar among politicians, who denounced the defacing of Moscow's Red Square, calling it a sacred area.

The public called it an eyesore.

A spokesman for Russian president Vladimir Putin said the problem was with the size of the suitcase, not the exhibit itself.

Protests appeared to work. A sign on the fence late last week said it would be dismantled.

— Gay Nagle Myers 

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