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Friday, October 21, 2005

Trotsky Better Watch His Back

From newKerala.com (of India), posted Oct. 21, 2005:

Lenin, Stalin, Gorbachev to meet in Moscow here tomorrow

Thiruvananthapuram: A bus from here is all set to embark to Moscow with Stalin, Lenin, Gorbachev, Gagarin and Tereshkova among the passengers.

However, the reality is far simpler. It is not the Russian capital the bus leaves for but a small village at Kottayam near Changannasery, where it is not these Russian legends but their local namesakes, who will congregate to observe the 80th anniversary celebrations of the Russian Centre for Co-Operation with Foreign Countries (Razaruzhcentr).

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Even after the collapse of the Soviet Union, many Keralities are partial to such names, [Ratheesh C.] Nair said, noting that the state possesses a large number of people having names of famous Soviet and Russian politicians and literary figures.

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