Lawmaker demands removal of Lenin`s body from Red Square
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Last Updated: Thursday, January 20, 2011, 22:19
Moscow: A prominent Russian lawmaker has demanded the removal of Vladimir Lenin's mummified body from his tomb on the historic Red Square saying that the founder of the Soviet State is 'highly controversial political figure'.

"Lenin is extremely controversial political figure and his presence in the necropolis in the heart of our country is extremely silly," Vladimir Medinsky, a State Duma Member from the Putin-led United Russia party was quoted as saying by the Interfax.

Lenin had led the 1917 Bolshevik Revolution in Russia and had set up the world's 'first state of workers and farmers'.

After his death in January 1924 he was mummified and his body is still kept in a glass casket for public viewing in the red granite tomb on the Red Square.

"We have something stupid, pagan, corpse-worshipper's mission on the Red Square. There nothing left of Lenin's body, specialists know that only 10 per cent of the body is left, rest has been removed long ago and substituted," Medinsky said pressing for the removal of the embalmed body of leader from the mausoleum on Red Square.

The issue of removing body of the Bolshevik leader from near the Kremlin wall has split the society and even Russia's first anti-Communist President Boris Yeltsin and his successor Vladimir Putin had left the future generations to decide it.

Former Russian Patriarch Alexi-II had demanded a fitting 'Christian' burial for Lenin by the side of his mother in St Petersburg as per the last wish of the Soviet leader.


First Published: Thursday, January 20, 2011, 22:19

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