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Vacating Red Square: Lenin’s Remains Might Follow Stalin’s

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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.

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  • Deathrider6

    Interesting article. In my opinion it should be left to the Russian people to decide if Lenin should be removed from the mausoleum in Red Square. On the other hand I am a firm believer in the maxim, “Those who forget history are bound to repeat it”.

  • STM

    I got to see Lenin’s remains in the early 1980s, after queuing for some hours in Red Square.

    He looked pretty bloody dead, and pretty waxy too.

    I’ve been told he’s now pretty much held together by his suit.

    Someone should bury the poor bastard and give him a tomb. I can’t imagine given his views that he’d be too happy to have had the old Soviet leadership offer him up for faux hero-worship in death; not in this way, anyhow.

    Time to give Mr Lenin a proper funeral. A state one if that makes everyone happy, but communism is dead and buried. Lenin should be too. Interesting and hugely influential historical figure, neverthless.

  • STM

    I must also admit to having gone halfway down the line, in the snow, on a cold February day, thinking: “What the f.ck am I doing, standing in the freezing cold in the snow queueing up to look at a dead bloke?”

    If life is an endless parade of monotony punctuated by a few mildly and occassionally interesting or extremely exciting experiences, this one managed to fit the bill on the first two counts.

    Just not sure what Lenin would have thought if he were capable.

    “What’s that f.cking Aussie surfer dude doing checking me out. Oh, on vacation. Yes, I know you get seven weeks’ a year holiday because your trade unions believed in me way back, but I’m dead, mate, so piss off and leave me in peace. And take the rest of these bastards with ya!”

  • snow

    I would not bury him. I would publically feed his body to the stray dogs! In case the dogs are smart enough not to eat this shit of a man I would burn his body ans scatter the ashes where Osama was buried.

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