A portrait of Bolshevik leader Vladimir Lenin is set into a barricade in the center of Slovyansk, eastern Ukraine, Saturday, May 3, 2014. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)
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Lenin's trademark flat cap and Stalin's collection of pipes are among the memorabilia on show as Russia's main historical museum opens up its long-hidden archive of once-revered relics of the Soviet leaders.The exhibition at the State Historical Museum off Red Square shows around 1,000 objects glorifying Lenin and Stalin -- including portraits, posters and gifts from factory collectives -- as well as their personal possessions and even death masks.The exhibition shows how the image of the first Soviet leader evolved, following the party line, over time.In the early 1920s as Lenin fell seriously ill, dying in 1924, Stalin rose to power and his own personality cult began developing.In Vladimir Serov's vast 1947 painting, "Lenin Proclaims Soviet Power", Stalin was initially shown standing behind Lenin but was later removed.
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