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Friday, 30 August 2013

261: Lenin shot and seriously wounded!

On this day, in 1918, Vladimir Ilyich Lenin was shot and seriously wounded by female assassin Fanya Kaplan.
How different the world would be today if she had succeeded in her assassination attempt!

I have written quite a few blogs about the Moscow metro. It really is one of the best and most efficient in the world. During the rush hours trains come into the platform just as the previous one is leaving at the far end. A masterpiece of co-ordination. However, some of the stations have only three escalators. Since they are used by (tens of) thousands of people every day they often have to be maintained. When this happens there is only one going up and one going down. This causes severe bottlenecks as witnessed this week in my local metro station - Timiryazevskaya. It is a non-contact sport (but only just). People shuffle forward and eventually get to the top (or bottom) of the escalator.

Some bright and colourful public service ads are appearing on metro trains. This one says "I love Moscow".

And here, to follow on from my recent photo of a one-man band busking in Inverness, is the Moscow version


Finally, rather than the usual video clip, I will leave you with the following observation which I saw on FB the other day. 

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