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Siberian forest is shaped to spell out 'Lenin'

June 26, 2020 | Comment icon 9 comments

Selective tree planting can produce impressive results. Image Credit: CC BY-SA 4.0 Yoghya
A Russian drone photographer has captured aerial images of a particularly unique pine tree formation.
Situated near the Omsk region town of Tyukalinsk in southern Siberia, the area of pine woodland appears to have been meticulously planned to spell out the word 'Lenin' in Russian.

The trees were most likely planted in 1970 on the 100th anniversary of Lenin's birth.

"From the ground it was like a walk through an ordinary forest, but one planted by man," said photographer Slava Stepanov. "All of the trees are planted in a straight line."

"In the U.S.S.R., people were very focused on anniversaries, especially the birthday of Lenin and the anniversary of the 1917 October Revolution."
When news outlet Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty interviewed people who lived nearby, most said that they had heard of the tree formation but didn't know where it was or when it was made.

"Every factory, every enterprise, or even whole villages tried to somehow congratulate higher, stronger, more powerfully; to be more interesting and more noticeable than the rest," said Stepanov.

"Among other things, there was an idea that communism would be eternal."

Source: The Moscow Times | Comments (9)

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #1 Posted by OverSword 2 years ago
Burn it down  
Comment icon #2 Posted by Peter B 2 years ago
It's visible on Google Earth, just west of the town's south-west corner. Why waste the effort? The trees will either die (like Lenin) or they'll be taken down by people (like statues of Lenin).
Comment icon #3 Posted by Hammerclaw 2 years ago
Foolish. Next thing you know, they'll be carving a mountain into the likeness of past leaders.......
Comment icon #4 Posted by MissJatti 2 years ago
It's just a mark for aliens to see and land there UFO's
Comment icon #5 Posted by ExoPaul 2 years ago
55°50'51.3"N 72°10'18.8"E in case anyone wants to see it.  But can anyone give an explanation when you zoom further out there are so many holes in the ground? It looks more like the surface of the moon with all the craters. 
Comment icon #6 Posted by jethrofloyd 2 years ago
Due to global warming the Siberian permafrost thaws, leaving a holes in the ground.
Comment icon #7 Posted by Harte 2 years ago
Just lakes. There's no permafrost there, BTW. Harte
Comment icon #8 Posted by flying squid 2 years ago
Comment icon #9 Posted by Essan 2 years ago
"Small plantation on edge of small town" would be a more accurate deion    As for the topography, I must admit I thought melting permafrost until I saw where the town is.   Don't know anything about the geology of that area of southern Siberia ..... 

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