Putin says grandfather cooked for Stalin and Lenin

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Vladimir Putin’s paternal grandfather worked as a cook for both Vladimir Lenin and Joseph Stalin, the president said in a film posted on the internet on Sunday.

In the two-hour documentary, called Putin, the president said Spiridon Putin was a valued member of Stalin’s staff. The wartime Soviet leader, who died in 1953, conducted extensive purges during his around three decades in power.

“(He) was a cook at Lenin’s and later at Stalin’s, at one of the dachas in the Moscow area,” Putin said in the film seen by Reuters.

Interviewer Andrey Kondrashov, who became the president’s election campaign spokesman in January, said Spiridon Putin continued to cook for the Soviet establishment until shortly before he died in 1965, aged 86.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said the information in the film was accurate.

(Reporting by Katya Golubkova; editing by John Stonestreet)

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Online now: Vladimir Lenin’s ideology of hatred

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Minecraft-style Lenin monument unveiled in Siberian city (VIDEO)

The cardboard Lenin statue looks like it has come right out of the world of popular computer game Minecraft. It was unveiled in Russia’s Krasnoyarsk as part of an art project at a local state museum on Thursday. Incidentally, it is situated in Karl Marx street. 

The pixelated Lenin stands in his iconic pose with left arm outstretched. The statue is placed atop one of the platforms near a local museum center, which was itself named after the revolutionary leader until the collapse of Soviet Union in 1991. 

The creator of the “Minecraft” Lenin, Aleksandr Zakirov, told Russian media that his work of art is meant to honor Lenin’s “visual image” as it had become a kind of “brand” long ago. 

“Monuments to Lenin have recently been demolished only, but I have erected one,” Zakirov said. He added that his creation will last only one month, as it is made of cardboard and will soon get soaked in the snowy city. 

READ MORE: Revolutionary corpse: Why and how Russia still preserves Lenin in its heart

Not everyone is happy with such an image of the leader of the October 1917 Russian revolution, which marked its centennial in early November. The leader of Krasnoyarsk’s Communist Party denounced the idea and called it “a mockery.” Speaking to Govorit Moskva radio station he vowed to demolish the monument. 

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Lenin celebrates #280characters: ‘Power to Soviets! Land to people! Characters to proletariat!’

Twitter has been an indispensable tool for the Bolsheviks to spread their proletarian message on the fictional re-enactment project, so it comes as no surprise that – as the Russian Revolution draws to a close – those 280 characters are going to come in handy.

The company announced on Tuesday that the 280-character expansion (from the previous 140-character limit) is here to stay after a successful trial run. Lenin is ecstatic with joy… given that – were the Bolshevik leader alive today – some especially talkative current world leaders would have nothing on him in terms of his sheer volume of tweets.

Other historical characters on the RT project also chimed in.

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But not everyone is overjoyed with the change. Understandably so…

We are now entering the final stretch of our #1917LIVE project. Alexander Kerensky’s government has been overthrown, and only some of his loyal Junkers remain a viable force that could still pose a threat to the Bolshevist Red Guards. Stay with us to find out what happens next on the battlefield of Moscow – Russia’s future capital.

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Lenin’s iconic announcement of Russia’s 1917 October Revolution to be shown in UK for 1st time

The poster, proclaiming the overthrow of the provisional Russian government, was put up on walls in Petrograd (Saint Petersburg) on November 7, 1917 (October 25 in the old Russian calendar). It was written by Lenin and published in the name of Petrograd Revolution Committee. 

The historic document, ‘To the citizens of Russia,’ declared that “the provisional government has been deposed,” and announced that power was now in the hands of the revolutionary committee as well as the workers and soldiers.

Lenin, the leader of the uprising, wrote that “the cause for which the people have fought, namely, the immediate offer of a democratic peace, the abolition of landed proprietorship, workers’ control over production, and the establishment of Soviet power, has been secured.”

“Long live the revolution of workers, soldiers and peasants!” it proclaimed. The document, believed to be the only one in a public collection in the UK, will be showcased at the Tate Modern next week as part of the gallery’s Red Star over Russia exhibition, according to The Independent.

November 7 marks 100 years since the Russian Revolution in which the Bolsheviks overthrew the provisional government. This was the second revolution in 1917, the previous one forcing Tsar Nicholas II from the throne.

When the monarchy was overthrown following the February Revolution and the Russian Empire ceased to exist, a Provisional Government headed by Alexander Kerensky was formed. Kerensky, a lawyer by trade, lost power to the Bolsheviks just months later and was forced to spend the remainder of his life in exile, in Paris and New York.

To plunge into those turbulent events, check out the hashtag #1917LIVE on Twitter. RT has been running a large-scale historical reenactment featuring the key historical figures, including Lenin and Nicholas II, as though Twitter had existed in their time.

Another sought-after poster, also reportedly to be displayed in the exhibition, is one of the first two decrees issued by the Soviet Congress in Petrograd as the October Revolution was gaining momentum. The document proclaimed a decree, lobbied by Lenin, bringing all land and buildings into public ownership in Russia.

The Tate purchased both documents from prominent British collector David King, who started his collection of more than 250,000 items (dating from the Russian Revolution to the Khrushchev era) in the 1970s. The exhibition will feature a selection of Soviet posters, prints, photographs, books, and paintings.

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Lenin remains on Red Square: Bill ordering Bolshevik leader’s burial rejected by govt

The news was reported by RIA Novosti on Friday, with the agency noting that the negative review of the bill was signed by the cabinet’s chief-of-staff, Sergey Prikhodko.

The bill ‘On burials and burial business’ was drafted in April this year by six lawmakers representing the parliamentary majority party United Russia, as well as nationalist populists from the Liberal Democratic Party of Russia (LDPR). However, very soon the United Russia MPs retracted their backing of the bill, leaving the LDPR as its sole sponsor.

The nationalists proposed amending the existing Russian law regulating burials with an article ordering the “re-interment of the remains of Vladimir Ilyich Ulyanov (Lenin)” with particular details of the procedure to be set by the government on the basis of proposals made by a specially-convened interdepartmental commission.

One of the motion’s authors, Ivan Sukharev, has earlier told reporters that he and his colleagues had decided to go forward with their proposal after a public opinion poll has shown that the majority of Russians want Lenin’s body taken out of the Red Square mausoleum and buried.

Sukharev also noted in his comments that the bill could create a “legal field” for the reburial of the remains of other well-known personalities.

Bolshevik leader Vladimir Lenin’s remains were placed in a mausoleum in Red Square soon after his death in 1924, although the present stone building was erected only in 1930. UNESCO considers the existing stone mausoleum a world heritage site, as part of the Red Square architectural ensemble.

Public debate about the possibility of Lenin’s reburial began during the early days of Perestroika in the 1980s. It usually intensifies every year before Lenin’s birthday and the anniversary of the 1917 October Revolution.

In one of the latest polls on the subject conducted in April 2017, at least 58 percent of Russians told researchers that Lenin’s body should be taken from Red Square and properly buried, while the mausoleum itself must remain in its current place.

In early August, the head of the Communist Party of the Russian Federation (KPRF), Gennady Zyuganov, said that Vladimir Putin had promised him that as long as he remains president, Lenin’s body will stay in the mausoleum in Red Square.

According to Zyuganov, Putin also dismissed allegations that Lenin had not been buried in accordance with Christian traditions.

In March this year, a senior spokesman of the Russian Orthodox Church, Aleksandr Shipkov, dismissed the idea of removing Lenin’s body from Red Square, saying that before this were to happen, Russia and neighboring countries must rid themselves of the Soviet and Communist legacy. He also called for a temporary moratorium on any war against political symbols in Russia.

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Lenin LIVE: Wanted Bolshevik leader to livestream on Periscope from hideout

He has been keeping such a low profile that his followers weren’t sure he would reappear at all, but Lenin wouldn’t be such an enigma in any other case.

Earlier, on July 17, 1917, the Bolsheviks led a 500,000-strong rally of soldiers and workers protesting the Provisional Government in the streets of Petrograd. The authorities brutally clamped down on the rally.

READ MORE: #1917LIVE: 500,000-strong anti-govt rally turns violent in Russian capital, mass casualties reported

A list of most prominent Bolshevik figures including Lenin were accused of treason and spying for the German side and were imprisoned immediately or put on the wanted list.

Having kept quiet for a while, now Lenin is back in 140-character-land and with a blast: he just announced that he will soon go live from his hiding place, raising his comrade followers’ hopes for a socialist revolution after all.

Stay tuned to find out whether Lenin will give away his whereabouts.

The Russian Telegraph (RT) is a fictional media outlet that is part of the #1917LIVE interactive project. Immerse yourself in Russia’s history by following these simple tips via the link below.

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