About sight: The house of Prascovya Petrova

The house of Praskovya Petrova is at the far side of Shushenskoye. The house is of the greatest interest, as it was one of the best in the village, and as it was there that Lenin and Krupskaya spent most part of the exile.

The house was built by Yakov Petrov in 1850. He was a farmer and a tradesman. He bought corn from the peasants and carried it in barges down the Yenisei up to Lesosibirsk and Yeniseisk. This trade quite enriched the Petrov family. After his death the trade was successfully continued by his son Semen who also died in 1889. All household was inherited by his wife Praskovya. However, she had no experience in the trade, so everything very quickly fell into decay. 

The house was very big, so Praskovya lived off renting most part of the house. It was to her that the Ulyanov family moved when Lenin was joined by N. К. Krupskaya and her mother.

The half of the house, which was rented by the Ulyanov family, included a kitchen, a gornitsa and a big room where Vladimir Lenin and Nadezhda Krupskaya lived after the marriage. They payed 4 roubles for the lodging with a kitchen garden. It was twice as cheap as at the Zyryanov's but without board. 

The Ulyanov also hired a peasant girl Pasha Mezina who lived in a separate room at the stove. In summer the Ulyanov went to Lake Perovo and Lenin also liked to hunt there. In winter they liked to go skating on the river Shush. That is how the Ulyanov family lived in the exile.

In Shushenskoye Lenin wrote over 30 works, as well finished a big work «The Development of Capitalism in Russia», which was printed in St. Petersburg when he was still in the exile. 

Two-floor barns are in the yard on the bank of the river Shush. One more former barn is in the backyard, but it was converted into a residential house, which was rented by a deportee Kudum. He was engaged in making valenki (felt boots) and now you can see his tools in a separate room. Lenin often associated with him during the exile.

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