So, he wasn't always called Lenin. He assumed that name later. Lenin means "belonging to Lena", and his wife was called Lena.

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@derwinmcgeary i have wondered how we got from vladimir ilych ulyanov to lenin. like couldn’t figure out the throughline there but i just thought it was because i don’t speak russian. neat!

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@Ethancdavenport to be clear, that post is not entirely serious! I believe it's related to the river Lena rather than Lena Lenina who belonged to herself.

@derwinmcgeary oh lol

excellent joke in that case! i still learned something!

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