||Info from finnish reader:
This lion is the "Lion of Finnish Independence" which was erected in the
Finnish Viipuri in 1927 at the same spot where the used to exist (and once
again exists) the monument of Peter the Great. The sculptor of the lion is
called Gunnar Finne (1886-1952).
In Helsinki you can find several of his works, for instance the relief in the
Insurance Company Kaleva's house near the railway station at the corner
of Kaivokatu and Mannerheimintie.
The original monument was exploded in 1940-41 when Viipuri was in Soviet
hands after the Winter War, but I did not know that the remains still exist
in Park Monrepos.
In many Finnish books on old Finnish Viipuri there are photos and several
words about Finne's lion.