Wednesday, December 16, 2009

A Monument a Day #14 - Vladimir Lenin (1879-1924)

Vladimir Lenin
Lenin standing with his hat in his hand in the town center of Bila Tserkva

Almost every Ukrainian city has a statue of Lenin and Bila Tserkva is no exception. These statues are an increasing source of controversy in Ukraine (see the article in the Washington Post by clicking HERE). Several politicians have vowed to take them all down and I've actually seen some in Western Ukraine that have been replaced with statues of Shevchenko. Lenin was the leader of the Bolsheviks who were responsible for the revolution that led to the formation of the Soviet Union. You can read about his life in detail by clicking HERE.

Here's a picture of Lenin most people haven't seen. He's clean shaven and wearing a wig while in Finland. Creepy.

Taras Shevchenko
This statue of Taras Shevchenko holding a kobzar (also the name of a book of poetry he wrote) now stands where Lenin once did in a Western Ukrainian city. The place where Lenin's name was removed is still slightly visible if you look closely.

The statue of Lenin is located at: 49°47'44.88"N 30° 6'57.29"E

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