How an Avant-Garde Musician Convinced the Russian Public that Lenin was a Mushroom

Lenin Mushroom

Ленин — гриб. Lenin was a mushroom. Что?? Он был не только грибом, он был еще помимо всего радиоволной. He was not only a mushroom, but he was, furthermore, also a radio wave. When Sergey Kuryokhin, an avant-garde musician posing as a scientist, uttered the above words in an interview with reporter Sergei Sholokhov on live TV on… Continue reading

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Retracing Lenin’s footsteps

Of course, Saint Petersburg is bathed in history. As a city, it holds great significance regarding the Russian Revolution of 1917. So much so, that it is sometimes referred to as the cradle of the Russian Revolution. The Russian Revolution was a monumental event which took place in the earlier stages of the 20th century.… Continue reading

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How people see Lenin and Stalin in Modern Russia

Lenin and Stalin

How people see Lenin and Stalin in modern Russia To me, as an ordinary foreigner observing modern Russia, Lenin and Stalin went always together. In the Western world, we all knew that Stalin was far more evil, but never had much doubts that Lenin was to be put in the same group of absolutist rulers who embarked… Continue reading

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That time they took Lenin’s mummified corpse to Tyumen and didn’t tell anyone

Regardless of  weather and season one can always see the change of guards in front of Lenin’s Mausoleum, accompanied by the Kremlin chimes. This daily ceremony was maintained during the time of The Second World War, except then very few people knew that between 1941and 1945 the “inhabitant” of the Mausoleum was over 2 thousand… Continue reading

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This Day in History: The Great October Revolution

October Revolution

This Day in History: The Great October Revolution October Revolution. On this day in history, in the late hours of the evening, Vladimir Lenin organized his allies in the Petrograd Soviet, and signaled by a blank shot fired by the battleship Aurora, began the revolt against the Provisional Government. Elements of the Red Guard seized… Continue reading

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Why Is The Red Square The Heart of Moscow?

Red square

Why Is The Red Square The Heart of Moscow? Red Square (Красная площадь) is a place of enormous significance to Russian history, and also to Western perception of Russia. For instance, the most commonly held beliefs on the origin of Red Square’s name are either associated with Communism, or alleged massacres which took place there… Continue reading

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Lenin and Nadezhda: husband and wife 116 years ago!

On July 22, 1898 Lenin married Nadezhda Krupskaya, to which he would later refer as his ideological “friend, comrade, and sister”. Lenin had come to know Nadezhda through her best friend, Apollinaria Yakubova, a young and beautiful girl with whom Lenin was romantically involved at the time of their meeting. Both Apollinaria and Nadezhda were members of the Marxist group of St.… Continue reading

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Vladimir Ilyich Lenin: The Man Who Created Cheka

Lenin

Vladimir Ilyich Lenin: The Man Who Created Cheka Lenin (22/04/1870 – 21/01/1924) is certainly one of the most famous personalities and the most important in the history of the twentieth century and the history of Russia. Revolutionary, political theorist and a man of Russian state, he is at the roof of the Soviet idea of class… Continue reading

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