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Indian police make arrest after Lenin statue is bulldozed

NEW DELHI: India’s ruling party warned its supporters on Tuesday they were not above the law after a mob celebrating an election victory against communist opponents bulldozed a statue of Vladimir Lenin. Police in the remote state of Tripura said they were investigating more than a dozen complaints of arson, violence and vandalism in the wake of the Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) win at the weekend election. An alliance led by the Hindu nationalist party of Prime Minister Narendra Modi crushed the incumbent communists —…

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…

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…

The portrait of Russia’s last tsar was hidden for 100 years

SAINT PETERSBURG: Russian art restorers on Friday unveiled a recently discovered portrait of the last Tsar Nicholas II, almost a century after it was hidden behind a giant painting of his Bolshevik foe Lenin. A team of art restorers led by Tatiana Potseluyeva painstakingly uncovered the tsar's image over the last three years. The portrait of Nicholas -- shot by the Bolsheviks in 1918 -- was hidden under a layer of water-soluble paint, suggesting it was meant to be preserved and eventually found. "The ceremonial…