October 7, 1990 |
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.
May 6, 1987 |
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.
February 7, 1993 |
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.
September 19, 1991 |
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.
November 6, 1985 |
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.
April 8, 1992 |
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.