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Toronto protests Russia's imprisonment of Pussy Riot

An unidentified woman voiced her opinion at Friday's demonstration.
An unidentified woman voiced her opinion at Friday's demonstration in Toronto protesting Russia's imprisonment of Pussy Riot.

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Moscow: Red souls in repose

Lenin's Tomb in Moscow's Red Square. Photo: Ron Verzuh
A visit to Lenin's Tomb in smoky Moscow is a trip into the paradox of Russia's past and its present.

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Moscow: Red souls in repose

A bride and groom walk through Red Square. Photo: Ron Verzuh

Wild fires still raged around Moscow in mid-August and the smoke clouds above Red Square hung heavily over the brown marble block that sits below the ominous red walls of the Kremlin. This is the final resting place of the leader of the October revolution, the event that changed the world in 1917. Here lies Vladimir Ilyich Lenin looking as fresh as a daisy.

Lenin died in 1924 but his body has been kept intact ever since and on display in the polished Red Square crypt. The guide books tell us that his brain has been sliced into thousands of pieces and is preserved for scientific purposes. Was it perhaps to decode and bottle the revolutionary spirit? The rest of him is kept from deteriorating by various treatments and is, in effect, mummified.

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