A Collection of Lenins, on the 100th Anniversary of the Russian Revolution

Russia is marking the 100th anniversary of the 1917 October Revolution on November 7, 2017. Vladimir Lenin’s Bolsheviks stormed the Winter Palace, in the second of two revolutions in 1917, which, combined, ended Tsarist rule and set the stage for the creation of the Soviet Union. Lenin died in 1924, but his legacy and image have lived on for nearly a century. With the backing of the Soviet government, tens of thousands of statues, busts, and monuments to Lenin were erected in former Soviet states and allied nations. These likenesses became worldwide symbols of communism and the Soviet Union, and they have ridden the tides of fortune and disfavor over the decades. Today, here are a few images of these monuments still standing in Russia, Kyrgyzstan, Svalbard, Ukraine, Vietnam, Germany, Belarus, Georgia, and Lithuania.

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