A major Louis Vuitton exhibition slated to be inaugurated in Moscow on Friday was the subject of a political maelstrom Tuesday as Communist Party representatives and other officials expressed outrage at the showcase.

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The venue — a giant structure resembling a vintage trunk, plunked in Red Square — has proven controversial given its proximity to the Kremlin and the presidential residence.

The exhibition — spotlighting 25 famous personalities accompanied on their journeys by Vuitton luggage — was to be the latest among several glitzy events this year to mark the 120th anniversary of the GUM retail center. In July, Christian Dior reprised its fall fashion show in a mirrored cube in the center of Red Square.

It could not immediately be learned at press time if the event might be postponed. Present in Russia since 2002, Vuitton today operates five directly operated stores in the world’s second-largest country.

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