The monument is one of the first works of monumental sculpture of the Soviet period. The monument reflects one of the moments of the revolutionary history of the country, when on April 3, 1917, V.I. Lenin came from exile to Petrograd, to the Finland railway station, and, rising to the armored car, issued a call for revolution.
Originally, the monument stood at the old building of the Finland Station. After the Great Patriotic War, during the project of reconstruction of Lenin Square, he was moved to the center of the southern part of the square, closer to the Neva.