Communist Party members and supporters mark Lenin’s birthday

The head of the Russian Communist Party Gennady Zyuganov walked alongside former US UFC fighter Jeff Monson and 17-year-old Russian powerlifter Maryana Naumova, and other Communist Party supporters, to Lenin’s Mausoleum on Moscow’s Red Square, to mark the anniversary of the Bolshevik leader’s birthday on Friday.

During the ceremony, members of the Communist Party, soldiers and young Communist Pioneers turned out to pay their respects and lay flowers.

Lenin was born on April 22, 1870 in the city of Simbirsk, later renamed Ulyanovsk in honour of Lenin’s original family name. After many years abroad he returned to Russia to lead the Bolshevik Revolution. He died at his dacha in Gorki on January 21, 1924.

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