Pyramiden and Lenin

Murray did quite a bit of exploring in the abandoned town of Pyramiden. Shared with him I would have paid a nice sum of money to have been there with him. Check out these great photos.

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Pyramiden, Spitsbergen. Day 37. 4th August 2013.

Architecture, Coal, History, Landscape, Nordenskiöld Glacier, Photography, Pyramiden, Russia, seascape, Spitsbergen, Travel

In the foreground Lenin and in the background the pyramidical mountain from which Pyramiden gets its name, now emerging from cloud.

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Architecture, Coal, History, Landscape, Nordenskiöld Glacier, Photography, Pyramiden, Russia, seascape, Spitsbergen, Travel

As it happens, I’ve just been reading a book about Lenin’s brother, Alexander Ulyanov, who was hanged in 1887 for his involvement in a plot to assassinate Tsar Alexander III.  There had been an earlier plot by a The People’s Will that had succeeded in assassinating Alexander II in 1881.  The 1887 group was a much smaller spin-off from that organisation.  Both had similar ideologies, imagining that killing the Tsar would lead to liberal socialism, whereas it lead to reaction and in the case of Alexander II, probably prevented the introduction of parliamentary democracy.

Alexander Ulyanov was a distinguished zoology student before he became a terrorist.  He was the chief ideologist of the group and also assisted in making the bombs. …

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