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UFA, November 2 (Itar-Tass) — A monument to Vladimir Lenin will be officially re-unveiled in Ufa, the capital city of Russia’s republic of Bashkortostan, on Wednesday, some 20 years after it was dismantled.
Leader of the Communist Party of the Russian Federation (CPRF) Gennady Zyuganov was invited to attend the unveiling ceremony.
According to a spokesman for the Ufa Mayor’s Office, the decision to re-install the monument on its former place was passed by lawmakers of the city legislature on April 27, 2011.
The monument to Lenin was erected in Ufa back in 1924. In the late 1980s, the monument was dismantled and taken to Leningrad (now St. Petersburg) for renovation. The monument was lost after the collapse of the former Soviet Union and retrieved in St. Petersburg last year. Negotiations to have the stature re-installed in Ufa failed and it was decided to make a copy.
The new ‘old’ monument was made of imitation marble, much more durable than granite. Specialists say the statute will need no restoration for more than 50 years.
Vladimir Ilyich Lenin (April 22, 1870 – January 21, 1924) was a Russian Marxist revolutionary and communist politican who led the October Revolution of 1917. As leader of the Bolsheviks, he headed the Soviet state during its initial years (1917–1924), as it fought to establish control of Russia in the Russian Civil War and worked to create a socialist economic system.