The Lenin Statue

We had been in Elza’s uncle’s car for some time when we finally reached the village. Having passed a group of men standing in front of a row of stores that sold meat and other groceries, we continued on a narrow dirt road up toward an aunt’s home. On the way, we passed a large, crumbly statue of Vladimir Lenin. After a long afternoon of drinking tea, eating huge amounts of bread and meat, and visiting neighbors, we started down the road again. The topic of the Lenin statue returned, and I asked why the statue was still standing. Elza’s mother in law said, “Some people threw stones before the end of the Soviet Union. Now, it’s left up because many think back on that time in a positive light – life for many people here was better before the end of the Soviet Union.”

Lenin statue

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