Lenin exhibit returns to Ukraine after 2 decades

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Vladimir Lenin's moth-eaten socks have gone on display in Ukraine's capital.

The exhibition is timed to coincide with the 140th anniversary of the birth of the leader of Russia's 1917 Bolshevik Revolution.

It is the first time Lenin's socks and other clothes have been exhibited in the former Soviet republic since it became independent almost two decades ago, and was made possible under the country's new Russia-friendly president.

In Soviet times, dozens of museums were dedicated to the life of the charismatic founder of the Soviet Union. Leningrad, the cradle of the revolution now once again called St Petersburg, had 11 of them.

Kiev opened its Lenin Museum in 1938, even though Lenin had never been to the Ukrainian capital.

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