Vandals deface controversial painting

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa, May 22 (UPI) -- A controversial painting depicting South Africa's president with his genitals hanging out has been vandalized at a Johannesburg gallery, police said.

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Russians protest Volga River NATO hub

ULYANOVSK, Russia, April 24 (UPI) -- Hundreds of protesters took to the streets of the Russian city of Ulyanovsk over the weekend to protest plans to establish a NATO transport hub there.
Gorbachev named least popular Russia leader

Gorbachev named least popular Russia leader

MOSCOW, Feb. 2 (UPI) -- Former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev was ranked the most unpopular Russian leader of the past century, a state-run pollster said.

Newsreader said 'Putin' instead of 'Lenin'

KRASNOYARSK, Russia, Jan. 30 (UPI) -- A Russian newsreader who mistakenly said a presidential candidate is considering "whether Vladimir Putin should be buried" will not be punished, officials said.

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Breathing protest denied in Belarus

BARANAVICHY, Belarus, Nov. 30 (UPI) -- Authorities in Belarus denied a permit to a man who wanted to stage a 2-hour protest he said he'd wage by breathing deeply.
Lenin statue painted to look like cheese

Lenin statue painted to look like cheese

NAKHODKA, Russia, Oct. 13 (UPI) -- Police in Russia said three people were arrested for allegedly painting a statue of Lenin to make it appear the Soviet Leader was sitting on a block of cheese.
Lenin's niece dies in Moscow

Lenin's niece dies in Moscow

MOSCOW, March 28 (UPI) -- Olga Ulyanova, the niece of Vladimir Lenin, died in Moscow, officials said. She was 89.

Tea Party funds, covers Hitler billboard

MASON CITY, Iowa, July 14 (UPI) -- A billboard paid for by the North Iowa Tea Party comparing President Obama to Adolph Hitler and Vladimir Lenin was covered up Wednesday, observers say.

Lenin statue restored after vandals' blast

ST. PETERSBURG, Russia, April 15 (UPI) -- A statue of Russian revolutionary Vladimir Lenin that was damaged by vandalism was returned restored to a famous square in St. Petersburg, Russia, Thursday.
Lenin: Keep him on display or bury him?

Lenin: Keep him on display or bury him?

MOSCOW, Jan. 21 (UPI) -- Russian politicians and activists used the 86th anniversary of Vladimir Lenin's death to renew debate on whether to bury him or keep him above ground.
Lenin and Mao sculpture sparks debate

Lenin and Mao sculpture sparks debate

RICHMOND, British Columbia, Dec. 28 (UPI) -- Officials in a Canadian town said an outdoor sculpture of Vladimir Lenin and a female version of Chairman Mao Zedong is stirring debate.

Chavez ponders Lenin book for Obama

CARACAS, Venezuela, May 30 (UPI) -- Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez says he may follow up his gift of a book to U.S. counterpart Barack Obama with a classic work by Vladimir Lenin.

Blast damages statue of Lenin

ST. PETERSBURG, Romania, April 1 (UPI) -- Russian police say an explosion Wednesday badly damaged one of the few statues of communist leader Vladimir Lenin remaining in St. Petersburg.
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Vladimir Lenin
A Russian Communist activist holds a portrait of Soviet founder Vladimir Lenin before his visit Mausoleum at the Red Square in Moscow April 22, 2006. Today communist supporters mark the 136th anniversary of the birth of Lenin.(UPI Photo/Anatoli Zhdanov)

(Russian: Владимир Ильич Ульянов)

Vladimir Ilyich Lenin (22 April 1870 – 21 January 1924), was a Russian revolutionary, author, lawyer, economic theorist, political philosopher, creator of the Soviet Communist Party, leader of the 1917 October Revolution, and founder of the USSR. As head of the Bolsheviks (1917–1924) he led the Red Army to victory in the Russian Civil War, before establishing the world's first officially socialist state. As a theorist, his extensive theoretical and philosophical contributions to Marxism produced Leninism.

Lenin was born Vladimir Ilyich Ulyanov (Russian: Владимир Ильич Ульянов; German: Wladimir Iljitsch Uljanow) on 22 April 1870 in the town of Simbirsk in the Russian Empire. Simbirsk, a rural town on the River Volga nearly 1,500 miles from the capital Saint Petersburg, would be renamed upon Ulyanov's death fifty-four years later as "Ulyanovsk" in his honour. That same year, Saint Petersburg itself would be renamed Leningrad after Ulyanov's better-known cadre name.

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