I thought it would be a good idea to sift through 7 years-worth of photos I've taken in Russia and her neighbors and put up an album of some of the best Lenin statues I've photographed. Some of the photos pre-date digital cameras and are a little old/grainy looking, but you get the picture (pun intended?) So here they are...
Finland Station, St. Petersburg:
From this angle, Lenin gives you a thumbs-up: "Hey, isn't revolution GREAT?!!"
Lenin with entourage at Oktyabrskaya Square, Moscow:
Lenin guarding the grounds at VDNKh:
He looks lost in thought. Probably thinking about getting a tasty shaurma from one of the nearby vendors:
Lenin at Sergiev Pasad, paradoxically former seat of the Russian Orthodox Church:
This Lenin stood next to the old Gorbushka, back when it was a sprawling outdoor bazaar. Someone has spray painted "John Lennon" on the base. I've never been able to find this Lenin again, though it probably doesn't help that I've never tried:
Inside the Central Armed Forces Museum in Moscow. As this one is marble, it would be VERY expensive to ship home, I think:
At the outdoor sculplture park next to the New Tretyakov Gallery in Moscow:
Inside the WWII museum in Minsk:
Also in Minsk:
Lenin pointing at Japan from Vladivostok: "Hey! Does that sushi stuff come with mayonnaise?"
In Volgograd (Stalingrad), Lenin says, "See how nice it is now that we've rebuilt our city?"
The largest bust of Lenin in the world, located in Ulan Ude. I'll confess that this is not my picture. When I was there, it was the middle of the night, it was December, I was sick, and only halfway through my trip on the Trans-Siberian. Needless to say, my own photos didn't turn out very good...
Tambov: Reverend Lenin says, "Can I get an AMEN!"
In Lipetsk, Comrade Lenin doesn't say much. There's hardly any traffic through Lenin Square (recently renamed Cathedral Square because there's a, um, cathedral there). I think he gets lonely.
In Nizhny Novgorod, Lenin says, "Look at the wonderful shopping mall they've built next to me. Maybe I was wrong about this whole 'capitalism is evil thing...'"
For the most comprehensive archive of Lenin monuments in Russia, the former Soviet Union, and around the world, take a look at monulent.ru (in Russian), which has Lenin monuments organized by city. Bet you never knew there were so many!