Soviet Union The Rebirth of St. Petersburg

Peter the Great's erstwhile capital is hoping once again to be Russia's window to the West

On a warm fall evening, pedestrians jam the wide sidewalks of the city's main avenue, Nevsky Prospekt. They bustle by a young couple absorbed in a passionate kiss, and glance, if only briefly, at a marquee announcing a new American B movie. But at a wall plastered with advertisements and political manifestos, a few stop to listen as members of a small crowd argue the merits of removing Vladimir Lenin, founder of the Soviet state, from his mausoleum in Moscow's Red Square and burying him in a local cemetery. WE MUST SAVE OUR BELOVED CITY FROM THE CORPSE OF LENIN, reads...

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