Happy 146th birthday to one of the greatest revolutionaries in history, Vladimir Ilyich Lenin!
Leading the Russian Revolution of 1917, comrade Lenin changed the course of history and inspired the oppressed and exploited everywhere that another world is possible.
Albert Einstein once said: “In Lenin I honor a man, who in total sacrifice of his own person has committed his entire energy to realizing social justice. One thing is certain: men like him are the guardians and renewers of mankind.”
In the Soviet period, names became a popular way to show commitment to the goals of the regime. This was done through renaming oneself or naming one’s children after Soviet heroes or contemporary innovations. Another popular form of tribute was names derived from abbreviations of organizations and movements of the period. For further reading, a lengthy list can be found here.
Аванга́рд - Avangard. (M) This is derived from the artistic movement, Avant-Garde.
Авксо́ма - Avksoma. (F) This is derived from Moscow, spelled backwards, and given a feminine ending.
Алгебри́на - Algebrina. (F) Algebra.
Вилиор - Vilior. (M) This is derived from the initials in the phrase “Vladimir Ilyich Lenin and the October Revolution.”
Гипотенуза - Gipotenuza. (F) This is derived from the geometrical term “hypotenuse.”
Индустри́на - Industrina. (F) Industry.
Кро́мвел - Kromvell. (M) after Oliver Cromwell, the Puritan leader of the anti-monarchical forces in the English Civil War.
Магни́та - Magnita. (F) Magnet.
Мэлс -Mels. (M) This is derived from the initials of Marx, Engels, Lenin, Stalin.
Партиз́ан - Partizan. (M) Partisan.
Спарта́к - Spartak. (M) Spartacus.
Трактори́на -Tractorina. (F) Tractor.
Электро́н - Electron. (M) Electron.
Юравкос - Yuravkos. (M) This is derived from the term “Юра В Космос” (Yuri in space) after Yuri Gagarin, the Russian cosmonaut and first man in space.
Part of the mystery and terror of the Chernobyl disaster is the invisibility of the threat. The explosion at the Vladimir Ilyich Lenin nuclear power plant released more radiation than the bomb dropped on Hiroshima, and one might never know they were being poisoned until months, even years later. Veteran photographer Gerd Ludwig’s spent 20 years photographing the area, chronicling the ongoing consequences of the radioactive release.
“You don’t see it, you don’t feel it, you don’t smell it, you don’t taste it, but it’s there,” he says. “It’s around you, and that makes many people oblivious to the danger.”