Google Maps image, translates to "Lenin is 100"
Almost a month after Russia invaded Georgia, Google Earth is helping illustrate just how little desire the Bear really has when it comes to shedding communist ways.
Well, maybe not so direct, but a snapshot of a swath of forestcut to commemorate Lenin's 100 birthday in 1970 sure didn't get cleared after the communist experiment collapsed.
The Telegraph story reposting the info from a Russian blog suggests the cutting was done to coincide with the first Earth Day. Which makes you wonder how cutting up forests is the right way to say: "I love you, mother nature."
But hypocrisy is a funny beast in Russia - where you can offer freedom to places like South Ossetia and Abkhazia by handing out passports and occupying Georgia. One favoured approach is the passport freedom trick, apparently.
Another commemorative forest project, in this case a Nazi one in ex-East Germany, managed to stick around through years of communist rule.