"Vestiges of Lenin and the Old Order" Personal Observations Tip by starship

Personal Observations, Saint Petersburg: 43 reviews and 41 photos

  Relief insignia of Lenin
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Favorite thing: It was quite interesting to see the plaques and relief sculptures still in place around St. Petersburg. I saw these vestiges on several bridges and buildings while touring on the bus and was curious about how the Russian people felt about Lenin today. We asked this question of our tour guide, and she replied strangely we thought. She said, "We don't think anything about him. That's in the past. He's part of history that's all." It almost seemed like an answer that a Russian might given when in fear of uttering the wrong answer during the Soviet era, or have I seen too many movies.

Other likenesses of Lenin have been torn down or removed in Moscow I thought, but perhaps St. Petersburg would like to remember the man who once lent his name to this city!

Sometime after the Revolution of 1917, the city's name was changed to Leningrad.

Review Helpfulness: 4.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Aug 30, 2005
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