Results of revolution led by Lenin are criticised as ‘ambiguous’ by Putin in what is seen as an effort to downplay revolution as political tool

“Lenin lived! Lenin lives! Lenin will live on!”

An excited orator cried out Mayakovsky’s line from the stage at St Petersburg’s vast October Concert Hall on Friday night, and brought rapturous applause from the nearly 4,000-strong audience, most of whom had red ribbons pinned to their lapels.

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