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Lenin may be leaving Red Square

2011-01-23 21:04

Moscow - Lenin may be turned out of his tomb if a campaign launched by members of Russia's ruling party succeeds in closing down his mausoleum on Red Square.

"His presence as a central figure in a necropolis at the heart of our nation is an utter nonsense," member of parliament Vladimir Medinsky wrote on the official website of Prime Minister Vladimir Putin's United Russia party.

At www.goodbyelenin.ru - a nod to the hit German comedy about the collapse of Communism - the party ran a click-to-vote poll. It said over 100 000 people, or two in three of those taking part, backed the proposal to remove the embalmed body of the Bolshevik revolutionary and to give him a normal burial.

It was not clear whether the idea, regularly aired in the 20 years since the break-up of the Soviet Union, has the support of Putin, who last year counselled against a rush to move Lenin.

More scientific opinion polls in recent years have also found a majority of Russians favour removing the remains of the man who, after his death on January 21 1924, was virtually deified by his heirs in a Communist party that suppressed religion.

Medinsky noted that Lenin himself had had no such wish.

In Soviet times, lines snaked around Red Square as the faithful waited to file past the mummified body under the walls of the Kremlin. Few make the effort today. And maintaining the corpse is a constant and growing headache for the embalmers.

Russian liberals have long wanted the last vestiges of Lenin gone. But the Communist party remains a voice in parliament and speaks up for nostalgists who want the mausoleum to be kept.

Comments
  • Wouter - 2011-01-23 23:38

    I can just imagine some sicko in parliament is taking notes from this to see if it would be possible to do this to Mandela when the inevitable takes place...

      Kiazer - 2011-01-24 09:12

      Jakkals I see you one of the few who haven't been able to shake off the Apartheid goverments propaganda teaching about the 'Communist invasion' and the 'Swart Gevaar'... The sooner you realise that your beloved afrikaans led apartheid goverment was corrupt and committed henious genocide the better. Failing this realisation then the sooner you die off the better.

  • Kiazer - 2011-01-24 09:10

    Jakkals I see you one of the few who haven't been able to shake off the Apartheid goverments propaganda teaching about the 'Communist inavasion' and the 'Swart Gevaar'... The sooner you realise that your beloved afrikaans led apartheid goverment was corrupt and committed henious genocide the better. Failing this realisation then the sooner you die off the better.

  • Zion - 2011-01-24 10:17

    Had this Lenin guy just died and faded off onto history we would not have a Malema ranting about nationalisation and other crap. When this guy (corpse) comes off the square it would be a giant step forward for mankind. An age of enlightenment and reason.

      Calmone - 2011-01-24 12:06

      Hear,hear..

  • uksaworld - 2011-01-24 11:55

    kaiser, you think the ANC are any better in the way they handle the country today? Neither did or are doing reliable work in government.

  • horst.o.muller - 2011-01-24 12:26

    So what if he was a commi. Surely his body is now a tourist attraction and they could make loads of money out of Lenin-tourism. So I would say, keep him there and make him pay for all the damage he caused in his life time.

  • Erich - 2011-01-24 13:07

    to clarify: I think Wouter meant to say that its not a good idea to display Mandela in a glass coffin. (Referring to Jakkals's response about the right winger etc.)

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