Skip to comments.Goodbye Lenin? Putin's party mulls removing body
Posted on 01/24/2011 12:26:45 AM PST by cunning_fish
(Reuters) - Lenin may be turned out of his tomb if a campaign launched by members of Russia's ruling party succeeds in closing down his mausoleum on Red Square.
"His presence as a central figure in a necropolis at the heart of our nation is an utter nonsense," member of parliament Vladimir Medinsky wrote on the official website of Prime Minister Vladimir Putin's United Russia party.
At www.goodbyelenin.ru -- a nod to the hit German comedy about the collapse of Communism -- the party ran a click-to-vote poll. It said over 100,000 people, or two in three of those taking part, backed the proposal to remove the embalmed body of the Bolshevik revolutionary and to give him a normal burial.
It was not clear whether the idea, regularly aired in the 20 years since the break-up of the Soviet Union, has the support of Putin, who last year counselled against a rush to move Lenin.
More scientific opinion polls in recent years have also found a majority of Russians favour removing the remains of the man who, after his death on Jan. 21, 1924, was virtually deified by his heirs in a Communist party that suppressed religion.
Medinsky noted that Lenin himself had had no such wish.
In Soviet times, lines snaked around Red Square as the faithful waited to file past the mummified body under the walls of the Kremlin. Few make the effort today. And maintaining the corpse is a constant and growing headache for the embalmers.
Russian liberals have long wanted the last vestiges of Lenin gone. But the Communist party remains a voice in parliament and speaks up for nostalgists who want the mausoleum to be kept.
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You do not even know how funny this is to me...
In Portuguese, “Putin” is shortcoming for “Putinho” which means little fagot or ferry boy...
You know, Lenin was to be the "Sain" of the revolution... Beyond that, I do think Lenin´s corpse should be burryed in a dump, and to increase the ridicule make room for Putin...
Rumor has it that Pelosi is opening the bidding at 200k.
Fighting a dead body means loosing honour.
What a delightful example of doublespeak. In this sentence, "liberal" means someone who is against collectivism/statism. In the U.S., "liberal" means someone who is for collectivism/statism. It follows the MSM meme that "liberal" simply means "good", while of course "conservative" means "evil".
Traditionally, "liberal" with a small "l" means someone who wants reduced government, and more freedom for individuals. It's a european usage.
Also traditionally, "Liberal" with a capital "L" means someone who wants to use the power of government to solve everyone's problems and micro-manage your life. It's the American usage.
But a clever journalist can, as you say, choose the form of the word to consistently identify "the good guy" as a liberal of some sort.