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Speaking of Lenin

July 5, 2013


Ulan Ude is home to the largest bust of Lenin’s head in the world. It’s pretty awesome, actually, and the light in the afternoon is amazing. Lenin remains popular in Russia. Every city still has a Lenin Street. Lenin’s ideas have not been discredited here and remain relevant.

Stalin has mostly been removed from the city landscape, but even he is being reconsidered. The Russians seem to be having a constructive internal discussion about how much blame for the horrors that were certainly carried out can be laid at the feet of any one person, even if that person was an autocratic dictator.


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