April 22, 2020

The Saratov Duma (Almost) Gets a Lenin Makeover



The Saratov Duma (Almost) Gets a Lenin Makeover
You have nothing to lose but your slice of birthday cake! Russian Life files

Workers of the world unite!... to celebrate Lenin's birthday.

A group of politicians from KPRF (The Communist Party of the Russian Federation) clashed with security guards in the Saratov Duma as they tried to decorate the council chamber with Lenin paraphernalia. They eventually worked their way past the guards and were able to hang a poster sporting Lenin's face and reading, "And how are you doing under capitalism?"

Attempts to play the patriotic, communist-era song "And Lenin is so Young" over the chamber's PA system were stifled by fellow politicians.

Lenin's 150th birthday is today.* Not so young, actually, though you couldn't tell by looking at him.


* If you use the New Style date; the year he was born, the day of his birth was actually April 10. See our dates and transcription page for why we use Old Style dates.

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