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Five things to know about Lenin’s mummified body

Almost 94 years after his death and a quarter century after the fall of the Soviet Union, Vladimir Lenin's mummified body continues to be displayed in a mausoleum on Red Square in Moscow. Though the question of what to do about Lenin's body comes up regularly in Russia, authorities have so far been reluctant to remove the corpse. Here is what you need to know about the body of the first Soviet leader. The Mausoleum When Lenin died in January 1924, Soviet authorities organised a competition for artists to build a…

A guerrilla’s life: “Che” Guevara in key dates

Ernesto "Che" Guevara has killed 50 years ago but today endures as an icon of leftist revolutionary struggle and anti-capitalism. Here is a timeline of his life.  Argentina travels to Latin America Che Guevara is born on June 14, 1928, in Rosario, Argentina. In 1945 his family moves to the capital Buenos Aires where "Che" -- a nickname linked to his Argentinian origins -- enrolls to study medicine at university. In 1950 he starts his formative journeys of exploration across Latin America, including a nine-month…

Russia conflicted on how to mark 100 years since revolutions

MOSCOW: It was the year that ended centuries of royal rule, brought two revolutions, ushered in Soviet domination and changed the course of Russian history irrevocably. A century later, the country seems unsure how to treat the tumultuous events of 1917 that saw it hurtle from the abdication of the last tsar Nicholas II to a Communist dictatorship in a matter of months. During seven decades of Soviet rule the seizure of power by the Bolsheviks was celebrated with pomp by the Kremlin and the tsarist regime was…