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LATVIA
T he
L egacy of
L enin
W Mary Ray
It was not a beautIful vIllage.

The buildings were dingy and uninviting. Tall weeds seemed to
cover every inch of the ground. The huge apartment complexes
were depressing. Whole families lived in one room and had to
share a bathroom that was at the end of the hall with all of the
other families on their floor.

hen the communists took
control, private property was
confiscated, and people were re-
located to state owned high-rise apart-
ments where they had little control over
their own environment. Even their heat
was controlled by a central office.

We were in the country of latvia
to make plans for a Bible distribution
in the capital city of Riga. our latvian
driver, who was a Christian, lived in a
small village a few miles outside of the
city. He invited us to have lunch with
him and his family. As we drove to his
home, he told us that he and his fam-
ily were excited about our visit because
they had never had the privilege of
having American guests. He explained
that under communism, it would never
have been allowed. He also told us that
he and his wife were thrilled that they
had recently moved into a three-room
apartment. Previously,
the family of four had
lived in one room.

s we turned a cor-
ner in the village,
I saw a strange sight in
the midst of the weeds.

It was a HEAd—a huge
CoNCRETE HEAd.

The driver stopped the
van and we got out for
a closer look. It was
the head of Vladimir
lenin. lenin was a Rus-
sian communist revo-
lutionary and was head
of the Bolshevik Party,
which became the
Communist Party. He
became the leader of
the Soviet Union, the
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