OREANDA-NEWS. Russian drone photographer Slava Stepanov captured the forest formation near the Omsk region town of Tyukalinsk, which is close to the border with Kazakhstan in shape of Vladimir Lenin's (the Russian revolutionary leader who became a godlike figure for the Soviet Union after his death in 1924) last name.

He decided to visit the town in early June after remembering a satellite image from Google Maps that he had seen years ago. «From the ground it was like a walk through an ordinary forest, but one planted by man. All of the trees are planted in a straight line,» Stepanov said. The clear, crisp drone images of the 82-meter-high, 300-meter long geoglyph from above were «awesome» to behold, he told.

The photographer added that the trees were likely planted in the 1970s to mark an important Soviet anniversary, as citizens faced pressure to prove their dedication to the country's communist system. The year 1970 would have marked the 100th anniversary of Lenin's birth — so it's not unlikely that the trees could have been planted that year.

«Every factory, every enterprise, or even whole villages tried to somehow congratulate higher, stronger, more powerfully; to be more interesting and more noticeable than the rest. Among other things, there was an idea that communism would be eternal,» photographer said.

So, the forest in shape of Vladimir Lenin's last name probably exist much longer than the Soviet Union did.