abandoned mig 15 lenin statue  Soviet Monuments: Decaying Lenin Statue Watches Over Abandoned Fighter Jet(Image: Danner Gyde, reproduced with permission)

Situated at the entrance to the Russian Federation Air Force Museum at Monino, this derelict Soviet-era MiG-15 lying alongside a decaying statue of Vladimir Lenin is as much social commentary as it is scrap metal.  While the museum’s impressive collection represents a timeline of Russian aviation, the “gate guards” symbolise the decline and fall of the Soviet Union and with it, communism.  Of course, they are just two among hundreds of reminders of the old epoch in a landscape littered with rusting monuments.