- Sergey V. Khomyakov
- Institute for Mongolian, Buddhist and Tibetan Studies
- From “Dear Ilyich” to the covenants of the leader: transformation of perception of the personality of Vladimir Lenin in the rural province in the 1920s (Buryat-Mongol Autonomous Socialist Soviet Republic)
- Khomyakov S.V. From “Dear Ilyich” to the covenants of the leader: transformation of perception of the personality of Vladimir Lenin in the rural province in the 1920s (Buryat-Mongol Autonomous Socialist Soviet Republic). Vestnik of Kostroma State University, 2020, vol. 26, № 4, pp. 22–27 (In Russ.). DOI https://doi.org/10.34216/1998-0817-2020-26-4-22-27
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The life of Vladimir Ilyich Lenin, the founder of the Soviet state, had acquired more and more mythological features with each new decade after his death until it finally transformed into a symbol of the demiurge leader – the creator of the new world (by the will of political leadership and by the transformation of mass consciousness). This process began already in 1924, with the erection of the first wooden mausoleum on Red Square. In contrast to the ideologically advanced teams of industrial enterprises in the autonomy's capital city of Verkhneudinsk, the image of Lenin for whom, despite staying in a template form, had still acquired interpretations of a common man, for a significant number of rural residents of the Buryat-Mongol Autonomous Soviet Socialist Republic, his personality had remained almost unknown and only vaguely associated with the Revolution and Communists. Interpretations of Lenin's personality by the rural population of Buryatia during the 1920s are analysed in this article. The aim of the article is to study the transformation of the image of Lenin in the perception of the rural population of Buryatia during the 1920s, which will make it possible to follow more fully the initial stage of the dogmatisation of the teachings of the founder of the Bolshevik Party.
Russian history, Buryat-Mongol Autonomous Soviet Socialist Republic, Soviet power, communist ideology, cult of leader, social consciousness, cultural revolution.
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The research was carried out within the state assignment of FASO Russia (project XII.191.1.1. “The transboundary spaces of Russia, Mongolia and China: history, culture, contemporary society”, № АААА-А17-117021310269-9)
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- Sergey V. Khomyakov, ORCID https://orcid.org/0000-0003-1318-8906, Candidate of Historical Sciences, Institute for Mongolian, Buddhist and Tibetan Studies of the Siberian Branch of the RAS (IMBTS SB RAS), the City of Ulan-Ude, Buryatia autonomy, Russia E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org