Heavy wallpiece made from aluminium showing the heads of Lenin and Stalin.
Lenin’s original name was Vladimir Iljitsj Oeljanov. He lived from 1870-1924. He was a revolutionairy and the first leader of the Soviet Union.
His political and social ideas, known as Leninism, was based on the social ideas of Karl Marx, called Marxism. After the october revolution in 1917 he was the first leader of the Soviet Union and put in place the first communist party and the first communist state in the world. His supporters were called the Bolsheviks. In the early 20’s Lenin had a series of strokes on wich he died in 1924. After losing is ability to speak.
Lenin’s body was embalmed to preserve it for long term public display in the Red Square mausoleum. During this process, Lenin’s brain was removed. Lenin’s body is still on display. It is assumed that Lenin’s alias was chosen from the river Lena. One of the longest river in the world.
Stalin was born in Georgia in 1878 under the name Josef Vissarionovich Djugashvili . When he was in his 30’s he took the name Stalin wich means “man of steel”. He joined the militant wing of the Bolsheviks led by Lenin. In order to fund the Bolsheviks he took part in several bank robbery’s.
When Lenin died in 1924 he took control and became leader of the Sovjet Union (founded in 1922 by Lenin). In 1942 Nazi Germany invaded the Sovet Union and gained much ground until they reached Moscow. Stalin refused to leave Moscow and after the battle of Stalingrad Stalins army’s defeated the germans until they reached Berlin. In 1953 he died ending his dictatorship.