Lawmaker demands removal of Lenin`s body from Red Square

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.

PTI



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

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