In Russia, the legend of cosmonaut Gagarin lives on

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Mon, 2021-04-12 05:13

MOSCOW: Sixty years after he became the first person in space, there are few figures more universally admired in Russia today than Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin.
His smiling face adorns murals across the country. He stands, arms at his sides as if zooming into space, on a pedestal 42.5 meters (140 feet) above the traffic flowing on Moscow’s Leninsky Avenue. He is even a favorite subject of tattoos.

A woman walks past a mural depicting cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin in Krasnogorsk, Moscow region, on April 11, 2021. (REUTERS/Evgenia Novozhenina)
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