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December 10, 2013 | By Michael McGough
A few years ago I had some fun with a younger colleague who had written a story about then-Sen. Rick Santorum drawing parallels between the “hubris” of Senate Democrats and that of “German dictator Adolf Hitler.” “Oh, that Hitler?” I asked. Surely, I thought, the qualification wasn't necessary. I initially felt the same way the other day when I read in the Los Angeles Times about how protesters in Ukraine had toppled a monument to “Bolshevik leader Vladimir Lenin.” YEAR IN REVIEW: Highs, lows and an 'other' at the Supreme Court What's next?
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December 10, 2013 | By Michael McGough
A few years ago I had some fun with a younger colleague who had written a story about then-Sen. Rick Santorum drawing parallels between the “hubris” of Senate Democrats and that of “German dictator Adolf Hitler.” “Oh, that Hitler?” I asked. Surely, I thought, the qualification wasn't necessary. I initially felt the same way the other day when I read in the Los Angeles Times about how protesters in Ukraine had toppled a monument to “Bolshevik leader Vladimir Lenin.” YEAR IN REVIEW: Highs, lows and an 'other' at the Supreme Court What's next?
WORLD
December 9, 2013 | By Carol J. Williams
It's been 22 years since Ukrainians sent the Soviet Communist Party packing and resumed self rule after almost seven decades of Russian domination and enforced incorporation into the Soviet Union. So why are Ukrainian protesters targeting statues of Vladimir Lenin, the Bolshevik leader whose vision of a communist-ruled superpower has been dead for a generation? The Kremlin officially lost its grip on Ukraine with Kiev's 1991 declaration of independence in the months before the Soviet Union dissolved into its 15 constituent republics.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 27, 2004 | Kenneth Turan, Times Staff Writer
Funny but not a comedy, serious but never overbearing, emotional in an engaging and bittersweet way, "Good Bye, Lenin!" is a wonderful film unto itself about a world unto itself, the self-contained universe of the German Democratic Republic, better known as East Germany. A monster hit in today's reunified Germany, where it's been the most popular film since "Run Lola Run," "Good Bye, Lenin!" has also touched a chord all across the continent.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 17, 1991 | RAY LOYND
A curiosity, "Lenin in Love" by Ben Pleasants suggests an outtake from the movie "Reds." The dank stage at Al's Bar accommodates Lenin's love affairs--dramatized as a steamy relationship with the American revolutionary groupie Louise Bryant (Andrea Lauren Herz) and, on a domestic note, his marriage to the loyal but unglamorous Krupskaya (Robin Harvey Trousdale). They are moderately convincing portraits of romantic and political support systems in the life of the father of the Soviet Revolution.
NEWS
December 14, 1987 | From Reuters
A statue of V. I. Lenin was set on fire in Bucharest in an apparent protest against Romanian President Nicolae Ceausescu, Western diplomats in the Romanian capital reported Sunday. Tires soaked in gasoline were placed around the 50-foot-tall statue of the founder of the Soviet Union and set on fire during the night attack about a week ago, a diplomat told Reuters news agency by telephone. The statue, outside the headquarters of Romania's official media, was not seriously damaged.
NEWS
December 15, 1987 | WILLIAM TUOHY, Times Staff Writer
An answer to one of the more perplexing questions in Soviet Communist history--how Josef Stalin rose to power despite a warning from Lenin--was revealed this week with the publication of excerpts of a long-suppressed memoir of the late Anastas I. Mikoyan. Mikoyan was a key figure in the Communist leadership in the 1920 and '30s.
NEWS
February 13, 1985 | GARRY ABRAMS, Times Staff Writer
Moses and Lenin had a lot in common. In fact, a case can be made that the Old Testament patriarch, law-giver and rescuer of the Israelites from Egypt was the prototypical revolutionary. This provocative idea comes from political philosopher Michael Walzer, who sees in the story of Exodus parallels with today's liberation struggles. But he also sees Exodus as a supermarket of events and ideas that can and has been used to supply many modern political persuasions.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 11, 1988
Conrad rightly puts the mantle of Lenin on Gorbachev (June 29). Like Lenin, Gorbachev is brilliant and flexible, a leader with faith in the people (Lenin said that every cook should learn to govern). How lucky we'd be if we could have a President who's more of a giant than a pygmy. GLADYS FOREMAN Los Angeles
WORLD
December 8, 2013 | By Victoria Butenko and Sergei L. Loiko
KIEV, Ukraine - Protesters toppled a monument to Bolshevik leader Vladimir Lenin on Sunday during the biggest march and rally in central Kiev since President Viktor Yanukovich galvanized his opposition by turning down a trade deal with the European Union. The protesters blocked and barricaded government offices and said they were giving Yanukovich 48 hours to disband his government before marching on his country residence near Kiev. A government spokesman said Yanukovich's administration was "ready for negotiations.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 2, 2013 | By Dennis Lim
In 1999, the Russian director Aleksandr Sokurov, the prolific filmmaker who remains probably best known for the 2002 art-house hit "Russian Ark," launched the eccentric Men of Power tetralogy, dealing mainly with the obscure inner lives of 20th-century dictators: Hitler ("Moloch," 1999), Lenin ("Taurus," 2001) and Japan's wartime emperor, Hirohito ("The Sun," 2005). He concluded the series by drawing not on history but on legend, with "Faust," the winner of the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival in 2011.
NEWS
January 31, 2013 | By Christopher Reynolds
For more than six centuries, Russian artists basically painted one thing: icons, in nearly infinite variation, often with inspiring (or haunting) skill. So when you come to Moscow, where I am now, and step into the various cathedrals within the Kremlin walls, what do you see? Icons. Then you move on to the old and new Tretyakov Gallery , which is really a museum and to Russian masterworks from the last 10 centuries or so. And there, besides a bunch more icons, you get to see what happened when the Russians decided to start painting portraits and landscapes.
WORLD
November 15, 2012 | By Barbara Demick, Los Angeles Times
BEIJING - No references to Marxism-Leninism or Mao Tse-tung. A speech lasting all of 16 minutes. Xi Jinping's debut performance Thursday as China's new leader won him plaudits for being concise, clear and refreshingly free of the turgid Communist Party rhetoric of his predecessors. China's future, Xi said, requires raising the quality of life by reducing the economy's lopsided dependence on exports. He spoke of improving housing, medical care, education and the environment. He also said the government would strive to "make the Chinese nation stand rock-firm in the family of nations," hinting at more assertive stances on the international stage.
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May 23, 2012 | By Robyn Dixon, Los Angeles Times
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa — A South African art gallery that displayed a controversial painting showing the country's president with his genitals exposed announced Tuesday that it was closing its doors temporarily because of threats. The decision came after vandals defaced the artwork earlier in the day. Lara Koseff, spokeswoman for the Goodman Gallery, said there had been numerous threats made against the gallery after its display of "The Spear," by Cape Town artist Brett Murray.
BUSINESS
January 13, 2012 | Michael Hiltzik
About the last thing you'd ever expect is for conservatives to draw procedural lessons from the founder of the Soviet state. So it's fascinating to ponder the persistence of an attack on Social Security that was explicitly billed as a "Leninist" strategy three decades ago by analysts at the Heritage Foundation and is still in use today. This is the notion, which is part of pretty much every proposal today to "fix" Social Security and Medicare, that benefits for the retired and near-retired should be guaranteed, while those for everyone else must be cut. The usual rationale given for distinguishing among generations is that it's unfair to renege on a promise people have counted on for their entire working lives.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 25, 1991
When they remove Lenin from the mausoleum the Soviet people will have only one line to stand in--the bread line. ROBERT EDELSTEIN Visalia
ENTERTAINMENT
March 14, 2010 | By Charles Petersen
Everything Flows A Novel Vasily Grossman, translated from the Russian by Robert Chandler, Elizabeth Chandler and Anna Aslanyan NYRB Classics: 272 pp., $15.95 paper There's a moment in "Everything Flows," Vasily Grossman's brief, unfinished and powerful final novel, that sums up the whole spirit of the author's last years, after the Soviet secret police seized his masterwork, "Life and Fate," in 1960 and left...
ENTERTAINMENT
March 14, 2010 | By Charles Petersen
Everything Flows A Novel Vasily Grossman, translated from the Russian by Robert Chandler, Elizabeth Chandler and Anna Aslanyan NYRB Classics: 272 pp., $15.95 paper There's a moment in "Everything Flows," Vasily Grossman's brief, unfinished and powerful final novel, that sums up the whole spirit of the author's last years, after the Soviet secret police seized his masterwork, "Life and Fate," in 1960 and left...
ENTERTAINMENT
January 3, 2010
Vladimir Lenin and Mao Tse-tung are long dead. But like Jesus Christ, they are continually resurrected by artists looking to get a rise out of curators, collectors, journalists and government censors. One of the latest incarnations of communism's most recognizable faces is a large-scale sculpture titled "Miss Mao Trying to Poise Herself at the Top of Lenin's Head," on display as part of the Vancouver Sculpture Biennale. The artwork, created by brothers Gao Zhen and Gao Qiang, features a giant bust of Lenin's head with a small figure of Mao on top performing a balancing act. As was reported Sunday by the Vancouver Sun, the stainless steel sculpture has been attracting a great deal of attention since it went on display in public in Richmond, Canada.
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