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Titled MMA fighter Monson to commemorate Lenin’s birthday with Russian Communist leader

April 21, 17:21 UTC+3 MOSCOW
Tattoos of Hammer and Sickle (a symbol of former Soviet Union) and a red and black star are inked on Monson’s body.
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Jeff Monson

Jeff Monson

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MOSCOW, April 21. /TASS/. Titled US-born MMA (Mixed Martial Arts) fighter Jeff Monson, who was granted the Russian citizenship last year, will be laying flowers on Friday to the tomb of Bolshevik leader Vladimir Lenin on Red Square, Russian Communist leader Gennady Zyuganov said on Thursday.

"Monson has just paid a visit to me and was saying that he is a real Communist," Zyuganov told journalists. "He [Monson] told me that tomorrow he would come to Red Square to lay flowers at the Mausoleum to commemorate Vladimir Lenin’s birthday."

Asked by journalists whether Monson would be admitted into the ranks of the Russian Communist Party, Zyuganov said it all depended on "the Charter and regulations [of the Party] as well as recommendations."

Nicknamed ‘The Snowman’ and boasting a record of 84 fights (58 wins, 25 losses, 1 draw) in mixed martial arts competitions Monson was born in Olympia, the state of Washington, on January 18, 1971.

The 45-year-old fighter is the two-time winner of the ADCC Submission Wrestling World Championship, and a No Gi Brazilian jiu-jitsu World Champion.

Among numerous tattoos on his body, Monson sports two tattoos in Russian saying ‘svoboda’ (freedom) and ‘solidarnost’ (solidarity). Tattoos of Hammer and Sickle (a symbol of former Soviet Union) a red and black star are also inked on Monson’s body.

In one of Moscow tattoo salons last year, Monson made a tattoo running up the whole length of his left thigh with the image of Russia’s world-famous monument, The Motherland Calls. The monument, located on the Mamayev Kurgan in the Russian city of Volgograd, was erected to commemorate the heroic feat of the Soviet soldiers in one of the bloodiest WWII battles known as the Battle of Stalingrad.

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