7 November works like a time-machine day in Belarus.
For example, one can see people with red flags gathering near the monument to Vladimir Lenin to honor the memory of the bygone era and share a bit of nostalgia.
But if you’re more lucky, you can spot a live Lenin… strutting in the middle of the street with his pal and successor Leonid Brezhnev.
As the two were preparing to celebrate their “professional holiday”, they smartened up a little bit. Leonid Brezhnev adjusted his eyebrows in a beauty salon, while Vladimir Ilyich visited a barbershop.
Lenin then bought himself a new cap in GUM and attended to the opening of his monument, that took place in the capital of Belarus yesterday.
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November 7, the anniversary of the what the communists called the Great October Socialist Revolution that brought Lenin and the Bolsheviks to power and led to the formation of the Soviet Union, used to be the most important state holiday in the USSR and the socialist bloc.
With the collapse of communism, most ex-Soviet countries have made it a day of memory. But in Belarus – and a couple of other places – the 7th of November is still marked as a state holiday.
Vladimir Ilyich Ulyanov, better known by the alias as Lenin, was a Russian communist revolutionary, politician, and political theorist, who served as head of of the Soviet Union from 1922 to 1924. Leonid Brezhnev was heading the Communist Party of the Soviet Union in 1964-1982.