There is growing support for removing the remains of Vladimir Lenin from his tomb in the heart of Red Square.
The ruling party, United Russia, is pushing it. A poll found 70 percent support, with the main opposition from the leftovers of the Communist Party, Itar-Tass reported. Earlier polls showed growing support for moving the remains.
Eight years after his death in 1953, Josef Stalin’s remains were removed from the tomb. They had been lying next to Lenin’s. Although the people were aware he had been responsible for millions of murders and for offering a pathetic defense against the German invasion, despite being warned by Britain that the attack was coming, many wept when Stalin’s death was reported.
The mood changed when the late Nikita Khrushchev began telling the truth. Three years after his death Krushchev gave a secret speech denouncing his former boss. Five years later his remains were removed to a site near the Kremlin wall, among other, lesser revolutionary leaders.
On Jan. 21, the 86th anniversary of Lenin’s death, a top party official, Vladimir Medinsky, said, “Lenin is an extremely controversial political figure and his presence as a central figure in the necropolis in the heart of our country is extreme absurdity.”
He also said everyone knows Lenin wanted no mausoleum but wanted to be buried next to his mother in St. Petersburg.