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Novodevichiy Convent.jpg

Novodevichiy Convent.jpg

Moscow, Russia

The Novodivichiy Convent contains within its walls several churches, a cemetery and a convent. Former Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev is among those buried in the cemetery, along with such literary and musical icons as Chekhov, Sciriabin, Prokofiev, Gogol, and Shostakovich. All other dead leaders of the former Soviet Union are buried behind the Lenin Mausoleum, along the outside of the Kremlin wall. Stalin was originally housed inside the mausoleum with Lenin, but he fast fell out of favor after he died (could this be perhaps because he killed millions of people during his reign of terror?), and he was moved to the back of the mausoleum.

A further historical note: Michael Romanov, the first Czar in the Romanov dynasty was plucked from relative obscurity here in this convent to be Czar following a period of false czars and pretenders to the throne after the death of Ivan the Terrible. The Romanov dynasty lasted until the death of Nicholas II at the hands of Lenin and the Bosheviks.

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