Russia's ministries of Education and Science and Foreign Affairs ask the government to increase the number of foreign students admitted to Russian universities by 30 percent in order to “form pro-Russian national elites.”
Today marks the 145th anniversary of Vladimir Lenin's birth. In an era that has witnessed the resurrection and rehabilitation of many Soviet symbols, it is worth devoting a moment to ponder Lenin's legacy across the lands that he once ruled.
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