27th Summer Universiade in Kazan,

July 6-17 2013

Universiade athletes visit sites of Lenin in Kazan

During the 27th World University Games in Kazan, just two delegations, the Korean and Cuban athletes in judo and fencing, visited the house-museum of Vladimir Ilyich Lenin, which was not open to the public, due to a major renovation. The foreign guests were allowed to explore the Museum of Kazan as an exception.

The house-museum of V.I. Lenin is one of the oldest museums in Kazan. It was opened on November 7, 1937, the 20th anniversary of the October Revolution, in the wing of the Orlov House, built in the 1880s.

The museum is located in the historic city centre. It is an example of a typical wooden city mansion of the second half of the 19th century, home to the Russian intelligentsia. In September 1888, this house was settled by young Ulyanov, returning from the village of Kokushkino, where he was in exile for participating in the gathering of December 4, 1887 at the University of Kazan.

The Korean and Cuban athletes looked in awe at the small two-story building, in which Vladimir Ulyanov had lived. The Ulyanovs lived in the house only 9 months, but for Vladimir Ilyich Lenin this period was an important stage in the life, forming his political views. From 1888-1889, V.I. Lenin took on the position of Marxism, determining his fate. The Museum's collection includes memorabilia, artwork and documentary materials, photographs, books, amrevealing biography of V.I. Ulyanov (Lenin) and his family, and paints and interesting portrait of ​​Kazan in the late 19th century.

After the major renovation, his house and its rooms looked bright and festive. Athletes saw a small hallway with a woven chest of drawers, a tiny nursery, and, of course, Volodya Ulyanov’s room, where the bedding is of modest white veil, and on the desk is a lamp with a green shade, chessboard and an open book.

If you go up to the second floor via a steep staircase, you can get into the tiny kitchen, where you will discover a stove is located along with a small iron pot. Here, there is clay and a small grinder. Athletes also saw the modest bedrooms of Volodya's mother, sisters and brother. The only thing left to see was the living room – a large room with a table with white tablecloth. Here you can find a sewing machine, which was admired by judoka from Cuba Yanet Acosta Bermoi, London Olympics gold medallist and Kazan Universiade silver medallist. The athletes photographed everything in the museum, including themselves.

Khafiz Mirgalimov, member of the Central Committee of the Communist Party, the First Secretary of the republican committee of the Communist Party, Head of the Communist Party faction in the State Council of Tatarstan, shared commentary about the athletes:

"These delegations represent the athletes of the socialist countries of the Korean People's Democratic Republic and Cuba. They were very happy to come here and were stunned that we have such a museum. They asked questions about Lenin, saying they were familiar with him as well as his work ... The Athletes are grateful that we Communists have brought them here and showed them our museum of Lenin."

Upon completion of the restoration of the museum, there will be increased exhibition space and the cozy reading room will become a multifunctional lecture hall. A museum garden will also be introduced for locals to walk in. After the Universiade, Tatarstan Communists will await Communist party leader Gennady Zyuganov. He will open the museum after the University Games.

Media Department of Kazan 2013 Executive Directorate