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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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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