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Should Lenin's body remain on view in Red Square?
« on: January 20, 2009, 07:09:19 PM »
A recent poll from Moscow shows that two-thirds of Russians believe that the embalmed body of the Russian communist leader should be removed from its mausoleum on Red Square and buried.
Vladimir Lenin's body has been on public display in a glass case in downtown Moscow since his death on January 21, 1924. It has been a source of controversy since the break-up of the Soviet Union in 1991.

According to the poll conducted by the All-Russian Public Opinion Research Center 37% of respondents said they saw "nothing bad" in the fact that the mausoleum has become "an ordinary tourist attraction like other countries."

Head of press service of the Moscow Patriarchy Vladimir Vigilyansky told Interfax that Lenin had no place in Red Square, because it belongs to everyone, not just the communists. "
"If the Communists want to read Lenin's body, which for them is an idol, shrine, then they have the Lenin Museum in Ulyanovsk, let them have it there," - the priest added.

Demands to transfer the body of the architect of the 1917 Russian Revolution to a regular cemetery have consistently been countered by Russian communists, who insist that the tomb on Red Square remain the Soviet leader's final resting place.
Lenin died at the age of 53. He said he wanted to be buried in Russia's second-largest city of St. Petersburg.
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