November 27 - Russians disapprove of Louis Vuitton exhibit staged in Red Square. Sharon Reich reports.
It's the largest suitcase we've ever seen. And it's creating quite a buzz in Moscow's Red Square, where locals are peeved that Louis Vuitton erected the exhibit just steps from the Kremlin's walls and Lenin's mausoleum. Critics say the suitcase mocks the significance of Red Square, which is on UNESCO's world cultural heritage list. SOUNDBITE: Moscow resident Elena Vladmirovna saying (Russian): "I came here specially to see this disgrace. I heard about it on the radio. I was simply outraged. Where was our government looking before? Putin is driving along here everyday and looking at this disgrace." SOUNDBITE: Moscow residents Lena saying (Russian): "I think it's really bad, because it's in the way of the beauty of our Red Square and it's a foreign brand. It has to be removed." SOUNDBITE: Moscow resident Yuri saying (Russian): "I think that it's very bad. It's not good to have it In Red Square. Of course it has to be demolished, and things like suitcases shouldn't be here any time in the future on Red Square." Local media reported that the president's administration did not have advance notice of the trunk's construction, but has since ordered the exhibit to be dismantled. The trunk was constructed to house "The Soul of Travel" exhibit - A Louis Vuitton retrospective to benefit a Russian children's charity. The luxury brand has issued a statement stressing that it respects the integrity of Red Square and the exhibit was not a commercial venture.