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December 22, 1989 | Associated Press
Polish officials have rejected an offer by an Italian Communist to buy a statue of V. I. Lenin that was removed from a public square after violent anti-Soviet demonstrations, it was reported Thursday. Robert Napoleone, a member of the Italian Communist Party who owns a Rome publishing house, offered to give the 30-foot monument "a place worthy of a great revolutionary."
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April 30, 2006 | David Holley, Times Staff Writer
Nikita Muchnik, a student who sells cellphones at a department store near the Kremlin, doesn't much care whether the embalmed body of Vladimir I. Lenin stays in its airtight glass coffin in Red Square or is banished from its place of honor. In his mind, the Soviet founder has already sunk to the level of a cynically exploited tourist attraction, a kind of real-life Madame Tussaud wax figure.
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February 28, 1991 | Reuters
For the first time in the history of the Soviet Union, a town named after V.I. Lenin has been renamed. The official Tass news agency said Wednesday that the Parliament of the Central Asian republic of Tadjikistan had decided that the town of Leninabad would revert to its former name of Khudzhand. "Deputies think that the change of name is just a step to restoring historical justice and not an attempt to harm the memory of Lenin," Tass reported.
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June 12, 1997 | RICHARD C. PADDOCK, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The corpse of one lies mummified in a glass case on display in the center of Moscow. The bones of the other rest on a shelf in the distant Yekaterinburg morgue. Long dead but not buried, these rivals of the past--Communist leader Vladimir I. Lenin and Czar Nicholas II--have taken on new life as symbols in the contest to control Russia's future. President Boris N.
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October 7, 1990 | Reuters
A national debate on the historic role of V. I. Lenin was brought into the streets of Kiev on Saturday, with rival rallies praising and denouncing the founder of the Soviet state. About 1,500 elderly war veterans waving Soviet flags and hammer-and-sickle insignia marched past monuments celebrating Lenin in the capital of the Soviet Ukraine.
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May 6, 1987 | WILLIAM J. EATON, Times Staff Writer
The words of V.I. Lenin, the founding father of Bolshevism and the closest thing to a saint in the officially atheistic Soviet Union, are venerated in this part of the world. The complete works of Lenin run to 55 volumes, plus a two-volume index, and he is quoted as the final authority on a great variety of matters.
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February 7, 1993 | RICHARD BOUDREAUX, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The cult of Lenin, under assault since the demise of the Soviet Union that he founded, was confronted Saturday with a revisionist challenge--a new official inquiry into a 1918 attempt on his life. Generations of Soviet schoolchildren were taught that a fanatical Socialist revolutionary, Fanny Kaplan, shot the "leader of world revolution" with two poisoned bullets from a Browning pistol on Aug. 30, 1918, after a meeting in a Moscow factory, but that she failed to kill him.
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September 19, 1991 | CAROL J. WILLIAMS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
No one lives in the pleasant wooden house at 68 Lenin St. The spacious, lace-curtained dwelling that was the boyhood home of V. I. Lenin has been preserved in reverent tribute to his memory. A block away, at 6 Lev Tolstoy St., stands another monument to the Soviet founder. Here, in a nearly identical house, 27 families live packed together like prisoners, a mockery of the workers' paradise that Lenin promised would be the reward of his socialist state.
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November 6, 1985 | From Reuters
Soviet leader Mikhail S. Gorbachev on Tuesday unveiled Moscow's largest-ever statue of V.I. Lenin, a 70-foot likeness of the founder of the Soviet state, the official Soviet news agency Tass reported. The statue is in October Square, within sight of the Kremlin.
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April 8, 1992 | Reuters
Moscow administrators have decided to retain a vintage Communist tradition of civic pride but dedicate it to Easter, rather than Lenin, the Russian Itar-Tass news agency said Tuesday. Under a practice known as Subbotnik--the working Saturday--worthy citizens give a day's free labor to clean the winter-ravaged city after the spring thaw. They will still toil on customary city projects, but no longer to mark the April 22 birthday of state founder and staunch atheist V. I. Lenin.
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December 6, 1993 | SONNI EFRON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
On the anniversary of the Bolshevik Revolution, 81-year-old Khadzhy-Batyr Badoyev decided it was time for a chat with Comrade Lenin. So one day last month, Badoyev marched across a deserted Red Square. Down he went into the underground marble crypt where Vladimir Ilyich Ulyanov seems to float in his glass sarcophagus like Sleeping Beauty with a goatee. The old soldier stood at Lenin's feet and spoke aloud, shattering the reverent twilight.
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February 7, 1993 | RICHARD BOUDREAUX, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The cult of Lenin, under assault since the demise of the Soviet Union that he founded, was confronted Saturday with a revisionist challenge--a new official inquiry into a 1918 attempt on his life. Generations of Soviet schoolchildren were taught that a fanatical Socialist revolutionary, Fanny Kaplan, shot the "leader of world revolution" with two poisoned bullets from a Browning pistol on Aug. 30, 1918, after a meeting in a Moscow factory, but that she failed to kill him.
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September 12, 1992 | JOHN-THOR DAHLBURG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
With about two years left in his stormy existence, the Leader of World Revolution didn't know how to use a toothbrush. His wife tried to teach him to speak again, using handwritten flash cards with childish phrases like "Papa is carrying hay," or even single syllables like "ma." In a blue-covered copy book, he relearned grade-school arithmetic ("23 x 4 = 92"). Sometime in August, 1923, this author of "What Is To Be Done?"
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April 8, 1992 | Reuters
Moscow administrators have decided to retain a vintage Communist tradition of civic pride but dedicate it to Easter, rather than Lenin, the Russian Itar-Tass news agency said Tuesday. Under a practice known as Subbotnik--the working Saturday--worthy citizens give a day's free labor to clean the winter-ravaged city after the spring thaw. They will still toil on customary city projects, but no longer to mark the April 22 birthday of state founder and staunch atheist V. I. Lenin.
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April 7, 1992 | DAVID D'ARCY, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Over the last two years, as Communist regimes in the former Soviet Union and Eastern Europe were brought down, so were the huge statues of Lenin that were everywhere on those landscapes. So many of the monuments were either decapitated or destroyed that even Russian artists who had suffered under communism's rigid aesthetic guidelines called for a halt to the spontaneous idol-smashing.
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November 16, 1991 | DAVID GRITTEN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
For the first time in history, the interior of the Kremlin has been used as a film location. Shooting has been taking place here inside Lenin's original office on the TV film of "Stalin," an HBO production starring Robert Duvall in the title role and Maximilian Schell as Lenin. Few people manage to obtain access to Lenin's office, which is in a continuous state of restoration and is kept as a museum and archive.
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January 4, 1991 | Associated Press
A majority of Soviet people still admire V. I. Lenin, founder of the Soviet state, an opinion poll published Thursday suggests. The Communist Party newspaper Pravda said 59% of 2,000 people polled "positively assess the personality" of Lenin, while 10.3% had negative feelings and 30.6% percent had no opinion. Pravda said 76% of those surveyed gave Lenin a high rating for his accomplishments, while only 9.5% were negative.
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March 28, 1989 | From Associated Press
A homemade firebomb was thrown against a painting of Soviet revolutionary leader V.I. Lenin on the outside wall of a bar, firefighters said. In addition to Lenin, the mural depicts the hammer and sickle and a happy face. The incendiary device, made from a bottle containing about a quart of a flammable liquid, caused slight damage to the Eastern Bloc bar, fire officials said. The bar was not open at the time of the incident Sunday night.
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September 19, 1991 | CAROL J. WILLIAMS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
No one lives in the pleasant wooden house at 68 Lenin St. The spacious, lace-curtained dwelling that was the boyhood home of V. I. Lenin has been preserved in reverent tribute to his memory. A block away, at 6 Lev Tolstoy St., stands another monument to the Soviet founder. Here, in a nearly identical house, 27 families live packed together like prisoners, a mockery of the workers' paradise that Lenin promised would be the reward of his socialist state.
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September 8, 1991 | Times Wire Services
The embalmed body of V . I. Lenin may soon be removed from the marble mausoleum on Red Square where it has been displayed since his death in 1924. * Leningrad Mayor Anatoly Sobchak proposed that Lenin should be reburied "with all due honors" next to his mother and other relatives in the city's Volkhovskoye Cemetery. The new Soviet legislature will be asked to approve. * The move would have great symbolic impact.
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