World: A Birthday for Lenin and a Boost for Brezhnev

IN a flurry of final preparations, Russian work crews last week hung red banners and bunting across Moscow's broad streets, while others mounted 2,000 floodlights on the Kremlin's walls or attached gaudy murals to the drab façades of government buildings. Schoolchildren rehearsed, probably for the thousandth time, a song whose refrain goes:

Lenin will always live

Lenin will always give.

This week, after an unparalleled outpouring of praise and propaganda that has lasted well over a year, the Soviet Union celebrates the centennial of the birth of Vladimir Ilyich Lenin. While at least 100...

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