Sushenskoye is the village in the Sayan mountains just on the edge of Khakasia where Lenin was exiled from 1897 to 1900. He received an allowance and spent his time hunting and writing seditious literature at which he was never caught. Though his bookshelf was raided by the police, they got bored after the first few shelves and did not look at the remaining two shelves which contained enough illegal books to have warranted very severe punishment.
The village was declared a museum in 1940 and every self respecting Russian visited it. Even today, it gets a few thousand visitors a year, especially with a new ethnic music festival. The mountains around it are beautiful and the Sayano-Shushenkaya Dam and Hydro-Electric Station is not far from it.
Tanya took me to visit the village in 2006 when these pictures were taken.
|House where Lenin lived|
|Typical late 19th century Siberian village|
|Hand cranked wood lathe|
|Wagon typical of those in use in rural villages|
|Lenin's desk and bookshelves|
|Lenin and his wife had separate beds which was normal for upper class Russians.|
|Dry goods shop in the village|
|Another shot of the dry goods shop|
|Tavern. The keg was filled with vodka|
|Oven/cook stove in a poor cobbler's home|
|Cobbler's bench with wooden lasts|
|The biggest house in town: merchant, landowner, gentry of some sort|