Uproar over Putin's Lenin comments

2012-12-11 21:16

Moscow - Russia President Vladimir Putin came under criticism from rights activists on Tuesday after he compared Vladimir Lenin's embalmed corpse to the holy relics of Christian saints.

In a speech on Monday before a group of supporters, Putin spoke against the idea of removing Lenin's mausoleum from Red Square in Moscow where his corpse is housed.

"Many say the mausoleum contradicts traditions. What contradicts traditions? Go to the Kiev Caves Monastery [in Ukraine] or look at [Russia's] Pskov monastery or Mount Athos [in Greece].

There are relics of saints there. You can see everything there," Putin said.

The remarks provoked sharp criticism by rights activists and NGOs such as Memorial, which works on the preservation of the memory of the victims of Soviet repressions.

"It is an absolutely baseless comparison," said Memorial board member Yan Rachinsky.

"If someone needs these relics, one could build a special 'communist church' somewhere," he said.

Debates on whether to remove or not Lenin's body from the mausoleum constructed in Red Square in 1924 started after the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991.



  • diana.gill.18 - 2012-12-12 08:43

    Like always biggest experts on Russia crawling out of their wormholes. That's you my friends who are already brain dead and can be comfortable placed aside Lenin in his mausoleum. To be serious i find this move a bit... odd, see no need to keep this piece of rotten meat anymore, he is one of the main reasons why the Jews were not so much welcome in the old USSR. Still to compare Putin to walking scary movie character Mugabe and our idiot who has got only two brain cells responsible for banging and showering is the most stupid thing ever said. Whatever you experts sirs say he was the man who managed to bring the RF out of the black hole which has been pushed there by his three-fingered alcoholic predecessor and saved it. The West probably scared of its raising economy still prefers to live in the Cold War era, good for them. Carry on, dig all skeletons out, try to disrepute Russia in eyes of international community. As they say a dog barks, a man walks.

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