From the Arctic to Antarctica: Lenin Monuments Around the World

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Vladimir Ulyanov, better known as Lenin, was a Russian revolutionary and the leader of the Bolshevik Party and the October Revolution. He was the first leader of the USSR and the government that assumed power at the end of 1917.

Tens of thousands of statues, busts, and monuments to Lenin were erected across the now-defunct Soviet Union and allied nations, then later torn down after the collapse of the USSR in 1991. Many, however, remain with each large Russian town or city usually boasting at least one.

Lenin monuments can be found all over the world, including Cuba, Vietnam, Germany, Northern Ireland, the US, the Netherlands, and Antarctica.

The Soviet Union was a country that existed between 1922 and 1991. It was succeeded by Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Estonia, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, Russia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, and Uzbekistan.

© AP Photo / Dmitry LovetskyYoung people cool down near a fountain in St.Petersburg, Russia, Friday, 29 July 2011, with a monument to Soviet founder Vladimir Lenin in the background.
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Young people cool down near a fountain in St.Petersburg, Russia, Friday, 29 July 2011, with a monument to Soviet founder Vladimir Lenin in the background.
© AP Photo / JORGE REYInes Garcia and Miladis Hernandez clean the area around a statue of Bolshevik leader Vladimir Lenin, in a square in Havana, Cuba, Wednesday, 2 August 2006.
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Ines Garcia and Miladis Hernandez clean the area around a statue of Bolshevik leader Vladimir Lenin, in a square in Havana, Cuba, Wednesday, 2 August 2006.
© Sputnik / Pavel Lvov / Go to the photo bankA monument to Soviet founder Vladimir Lenin in the city of Hanoi, Vietnam.
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A monument to Soviet founder Vladimir Lenin in the city of Hanoi, Vietnam.
© Photo : Public domain / SIG SG 510A monument to Soviet founder Vladimir Lenin in Cavriago, the Italian province of Reggio Emilia.
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A monument to Soviet founder Vladimir Lenin in Cavriago, the Italian province of Reggio Emilia.
© Sputnik / Igor Mikhalev / Go to the photo bankA girl poses in front of a monument to Soviet founder Vladimir Lenin in Bishkek, the capital of Kyrgyzstan.
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A girl poses in front of a monument to Soviet founder Vladimir Lenin in Bishkek, the capital of Kyrgyzstan.
CC BY-SA 3.0 / R. Chernov / Monument in the village of Barentsburg on the Spitsbergen archipelagoA monument to Soviet founder Vladimir Lenin in the village of Barentsburg on the Spitsbergen archipelago.
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A monument to Soviet founder Vladimir Lenin in the village of Barentsburg on the Spitsbergen archipelago.
© AP Photo / Markus SchreiberA Lenin monument stands in front of the abandoned "Haus der Offiziere", the headquarters of the Soviet military high command in the former East Germany, in the Wuensdorf neighbourhood of Zossen, some 40 kilometres (25 miles) south of Berlin. The "Haus der Offiziere" or officers' complex was inaugurated in 1916 and has housed the military of German Emperor Wilhelm II, the Nazi command centre for the army during World War II, and the headquarters of the Soviet military high command. It has been vacant since the last Russian soldiers left the compound in 1994.
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A Lenin monument stands in front of the abandoned "Haus der Offiziere", the headquarters of the Soviet military high command in the former East Germany, in the Wuensdorf neighbourhood of Zossen, some 40 kilometres (25 miles) south of Berlin. The "Haus der Offiziere" or officers' complex was inaugurated in 1916 and has housed the military of German Emperor Wilhelm II, the Nazi command centre for the army during World War II, and the headquarters of the Soviet military high command. It has been vacant since the last Russian soldiers left the compound in 1994.
CC BY-SA 3.0 / Leonrid / Lenin figure on the facade of a building in BelfastA Lenin figure on the facade of a building in Belfast.
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A Lenin figure on the facade of a building in Belfast.
CC BY-SA 3.0 / BeautifulFlying / Restaurant Red Square with a decapitated statue of Vladimir Lenin inside Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, NevadaRestaurant Red Square with a decapitated statue of Vladimir Lenin inside the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada.
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Restaurant Red Square with a decapitated statue of Vladimir Lenin inside the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada.
CC BY 3.0 / olekinderhook / Statue of Lenin on top of "Red Square" on East HoustonA statue of Lenin on top of "Red Square" in East Houston.
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A statue of Lenin on top of "Red Square" in East Houston.
© Photo : Public domain / R&HGGA bust of Vladimir Lenin in Minsk with the caption: "You have been honoured with a great weapon in your hands to defend holy ideas".
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A bust of Vladimir Lenin in Minsk with the caption: "You have been honoured with a great weapon in your hands to defend holy ideas".
© AFP 2022 / Pascal GuyotThe French president of the Languedoc-Roussillon region and chairman of Montpellier's development community, Georges Freche waves on 18 August 2010 in Montpellier, southern France in front of a 3.3 metre (11 foot) bronze statue of Lenin.
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The French president of the Languedoc-Roussillon region and chairman of Montpellier's development community, Georges Freche waves on 18 August 2010 in Montpellier, southern France in front of a 3.3 metre (11 foot) bronze statue of Lenin.
© Sputnik / Vladimir Astapkovich / Go to the photo bankA girl passes by a monument to Soviet founder Vladimir Lenin in Moscow.
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A girl passes by a monument to Soviet founder Vladimir Lenin in Moscow.
© Sputnik / Evgeny Biyatov / Go to the photo bankA monument to Soviet founder Vladimir Lenin in Ulan-Ude, a city in eastern Siberia, Russia.
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A monument to Soviet founder Vladimir Lenin in Ulan-Ude, a city in eastern Siberia, Russia.
CC BY-SA 3.0 / Cookson69 / The old Soviet temporary Base ("Pole of Inaccessibility") reached by Team N2i on 19th January 2007A monument to Soviet founder Vladimir Lenin at the Pole of Inaccessibility Research Station, a former Soviet research station in Kemp Land, Antarctica.
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A monument to Soviet founder Vladimir Lenin at the Pole of Inaccessibility Research Station, a former Soviet research station in Kemp Land, Antarctica.
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A monument to Soviet founder Vladimir Lenin in Groningen, the Netherlands.
© Photo : Public domainA monument to Soviet founder Vladimir Lenin in Kolkata (formerly Calcutta), the capital of the Indian state of West Bengal.
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A monument to Soviet founder Vladimir Lenin in Kolkata (formerly Calcutta), the capital of the Indian state of West Bengal.
CC BY-SA 3.0 / Vitold Muratov / Ленин и ГотвальдA monument to Soviet founder Vladimir Lenin in Cheb, a town in the Karlovy Vary Region of the Czech Republic.
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A monument to Soviet founder Vladimir Lenin in Cheb, a town in the Karlovy Vary Region of the Czech Republic.
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A monument to Soviet founder Vladimir Lenin in Ivande, Latvia.
© AP Photo / SERGEY DOLZHENKOAt a depth of 14 metres an amateur scuba diver shines a light at a bust of Lenin while viewing the underwater museum of monuments to the leaders of the former USSR on 19 August 1996 at the Black Sea resort Cape Tarkhankut on the Crimean Peninsula, 200 kilometres west of Simferopol. The museum was created by amateur scuba divers in 1992 and entrance is free.
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At a depth of 14 metres an amateur scuba diver shines a light at a bust of Lenin while viewing the underwater museum of monuments to the leaders of the former USSR on 19 August 1996 at the Black Sea resort Cape Tarkhankut on the Crimean Peninsula, 200 kilometres west of Simferopol. The museum was created by amateur scuba divers in 1992 and entrance is free.
© AP Photo / Dmitri LovetskyThe International Space Station (ISS) moves along its orbit above at the Russian-leased Baikonur cosmodrome, Kazakhstan, Thursday, 18 July 2019, with a statue of Soviet Union founder Vladimir Lenin in the foreground. Circular star tracks around the North Star and tracks of the ISS is the result of multiple exposures by a camera.
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The International Space Station (ISS) moves along its orbit above at the Russian-leased Baikonur cosmodrome, Kazakhstan, Thursday, 18 July 2019, with a statue of Soviet Union founder Vladimir Lenin in the foreground. Circular star tracks around the North Star and tracks of the ISS is the result of multiple exposures by a camera.
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