Stalin and Lenin impersonators square up in Moscow turf wars

Impersonators of famous Russians are a regular sight at Moscow’s Red Square.

Moscow's Red Square by night.

Moscow's Red Square by night. Image by verygreen / CC BY 2.0

There are six wannabe Stalins and eight Lenins, known by their nicknames. Other famous look-alikes include Ivan the Terrible, Tsar Nicholas II, Karl Marx, Catherine the Great and Alexander Pushkin. They often form alliances to share profit made from tourists who want to take photos with them. Sometimes, however, their disputes lead to scuffles, like the one between a Stalin and a Lenin impersonator in June, which ended up with police looking into the incident. Read more: wsj.com

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