Rare photos of Lenin to go on display in Oxford

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The exhibition includes a photo of Lenin at his residence in Gorki near Moscow taken by his sister Maria

A series of rare photographs of the Russian revolutionary leader Vladimir Lenin are to go on display in Oxford.

They include an image of Lenin in a wig and make-up, which was used for an illegal ID card when he was in hiding.

Another shows the Bolshevik leader with a cat at his home in Gorki, Moscow.

They were released by the Society for Co-operation in Russian and Soviet Studies especially for the new exhibition at The North Wall Arts Centre in Oxford.

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This ID card, featuring Lenin in a wig, was used when he was in hiding in July 1917

The society was founded by a group of British and Soviet artists and intellectuals, including John Maynard Keynes, Virginia Woolf and Alexei Tolstoy in 1924.

It aims to promote knowledge of Russia and the former Soviet Union and is supporting the free exhibition in north Oxford, which is being held to coincide with the 100th anniversary of the Russian Revolution in 1917.

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Lenin talking to Vladimir Zagorsky, secretary of the Moscow Committee of the Russian Communist Party, in 1919

The North Wall Arts Centre said the exhibition, which runs from Wednesday 8 to 18 November, would feature items never before seen in public

It will aim to examine the ways Lenin promoted his image, as well as his communist beliefs, and his international standing.

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Lenin at the laying of the foundation stone for the "Emancipated Labour" monument in Moscow in 1920

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