Vladimir Lenin

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Lenin About to Turn 146, but He Still Looks 53

Russia will spend $200K this year to keep it that way

(Newser) - Maintaining the corpse of Soviet founder Vladimir Lenin isn't cheap. In fact, the Russian government this year will spend about $200,000 for work of a "biomedical nature" to ensure the communist leader's body remains in "lifelike condition," the BBC reports. Lenin's preserved body... More »

Putin Bashes 'Delirious' Soviet Founder Lenin

Says Lenin placed 'time bomb' under Russian state

(Newser) - Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday criticized Soviet founder Vladimir Lenin, accusing him of placing a "time bomb" under the state and sharply denouncing brutal repressions by the Bolshevik government. The harsh criticism of Lenin, who's still revered by communists and many others in Russia, is unusual (though... More »

When Life Hands You Lenin Statues, Make Darth Vader

At least when in Ukraine

(Newser) - Vladimir Lenin: Not exactly a friendly face, or one looked upon with great fondness in the Ukraine, which last year passed "anti-communization" laws aimed at stripping remnants of the Soviets from the public psyche and arena. As part of that, a statue of Lenin was due to be dismantled,... More »

At 145, Vladimir Lenin Is Looking Great

Though his body, at this point, isn't entirely his

(Newser) - A tip for looking your best at age 145: Try replacing bits of your skin with plastic. That's what the experts in charge of preserving Vladimir Lenin's body have done, Scientific American reports. The Soviet Union founder, who died in 1924, would have turned 145 this week, and... More »

Lenin's Nose, Ear Helping Fund Anti-Russian Forces

Ukraine supporters topple statue, put pieces up for auction

(Newser) - Lenin must be thrilled with this: Not only did protesters in Ukraine tear down a huge statue of him, they're using old-fashioned capitalism to make some money off it. The 28-foot-tall statue came down last weekend in the eastern city of Kharkiv, and now pieces of it are going... More »

Huge Lenin Statue Torn Down

Crowd topples 'Soviet idol' in Ukraine's 2nd-largest city

(Newser) - The biggest remaining statue of Lenin in Ukraine came crashing down in the eastern city of Kharkiv yesterday as thousands of nationalist demonstrators cheered and scrambled for souvenirs. The city, Ukraine's second biggest, is largely Russian-speaking but hasn't experienced the same unrest as other eastern cities. After protesters... More »

Lenin's Giant Head Is Missing

Nearly 4-ton object was buried in a forest, now can't be found

(Newser) - Where's the 3.86-ton head of former Russian leader Vladimir Lenin? Um, lost in a forest, apparently. The giant head, made of Ukrainian red granite, was part of a statue that stood some 62 feet tall in East Berlin's Lenin Square before it was broken into 129 pieces... More »

Irate Kiev Protesters Rip Down Lenin Statue

Ukraine again sees mass protests against closer Russia ties

(Newser) - Hundreds of thousands of angry anti-government protesters gathered for a third Sunday in a row in Kiev, this time ripping down a landmark statue of Vladimir Lenin and decapitating it in protest of the Ukraine's move toward Russia and away from the EU, reports the BBC . Chants of "... More »

Mongolia Yanks Last Lenin Statue, Wants $280 for It

Ulan-Bator calls leader a 'murder

(Newser) - Mongolian capital Ulan-Bator has taken down its last statue of Vladimir Lenin, hauling it away on a truck in a small attended, the BBC reports. Mayor Bat-Uul Erdene called Lenin and his cohorts "murderers" in a brief speech—a far cry from the "Teacher Lenin" that Mongolian schoolkids... More »

Russia Votes on Burying Lenin

Poll asks whether he should be taken from Red Square and buried

(Newser) - The body of Vladimir Lenin has been on public display at a mausoleum in Moscow's Red Square since he died in 1924. With the Soviet Union now a 20-year-old memory, many wonder if perhaps it's time to retire the socialist leader's remains to a cemetery. To that end, the pro-Kremlin... More »

Vandals Rip Lenin a New One

(Newser) - A bomb exploded this morning at a St. Petersburg tribute to Vladimir Lenin, opening a gaping hole in the statue's backside, the BBC reports. “As a result of the explosion a crater of 31-39 inches appeared on the monument,” a Russian official said. The motive for the attack... More »

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