Statue of Lenin Toppled During Soviet Collapse

 Statue of Lenin Toppled During Soviet Collapse

First in Eastern Europe, then in Russia itself, Gorbachev’s policies of "New Thinking" in foreign relations and openness (glasnost') at home inspired broad rejection of Communist Party rule. The Party of Lenin, by the 1980s, bore no resemblance to the “Vanguard of the Proletariat” he had envisioned. Seen as corrupt and oppressive, the Communist Party of the Soviet Union was rejected, and its most visible symbols, the ubiquitous statues of its Bolshevik founder, bore the brunt of that rejection.

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