World: The Drive to Make Lenin a Secular Saint

IF Vladimir Ilyich Lenin were one-tenth as modest as the Russian history books make him out to be, he would be mortified. Last week, as the April 22 centennial of Lenin's birth approached, a flood of books, articles, paintings, plays, movies, symphonies, posters, busts, lapel buttons, and even special candy bars washed over the Soviet Union and some 100 other countries as well. The atheistic Soviet state is coming very close to conferring secular sainthood on its founder.

The buildup has reached an intensity that boggles Western minds as well as many Russian ones....

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