For twenty-five years Moscow's Kremlin has housed a museum dedicated to the founder - leader of the Russian Communist Revolution, Lenin.
GV INTERIOR: Guide leads visitors into study in Lenin's former apartment and PAN books and desk in study
GVs AND SVs: Lenin's study showing furniture, telephone and notebooks as recording of Lenin's voice is played (4 shots)
SU PULL BACK TO GV: Guide explaining historical significance to visitors
CU PULL BACK TO GV PAN Music on stand of piano in music room AND PAN round room
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Background: For twenty-five years Moscow's Kremlin has housed a museum dedicated to the founder - leader of the Russian Communist Revolution, Lenin. Visitors to the museum can see the apartment where Lenin lived for four years after the Bolshevik Revolution. It has recently been renovated.
SYNOPSIS: The whole apartment has been preserved to look exactly as it did during Lenin's occupancy. The study is of special interest to visitors. The walls are lined with more than 10-thousand books and on the desk are placed some of Lenin's notebooks and personal possessions. The Communist leader lived in the four-room flat from March 1918 when the Soviet government moved from Petrograd to Moscow, until May 1923.
Recently the Soviet authorities have restored the furnishings and memorabilia in the museum. They also have prepared some recordings of Lenin's voice. The original discs were made between 1919 and 1921 and tourists now can hear political speeches made by Lenin at the time.
More than one-and-a-half-million people have visited the museum since it opened.
In the year of the Moscow Olympics tourists are expected to flock to the apartment.
Lenin wrote his political treatment to the Communist Party in this study. He was already gravely ill at the time, having suffered a series of strokes and operations.
Recently a new room in the apartment was opened to the public. Called the Music Room, it contains the piano which Lenin's wife Nadezhda Krupskaya and sister Maria Ulyanova used to play.