Russia’s new Culture Minister Vladimir Medinsky believes the body of the Bolshevik Revolution leader, Vladimir Lenin, should be committed to the ground.
In his Saturday interview to Ekho Moskvy radio station, Vladimir Medinsky said the the Lenin's body should be buried with all the necessary rituals in accordance with status of the former state official. He added that the Lenin Mausoleum can remain in place as a part of the Red Square architecture and to be turned into a museum.
Vladimir Lenin was placed to the Mausoleum shortly after his death in 1924 and has been on public display ever since.. In Soviet times it was the most
attended place for Muscovites, people from all around the country, school excursions and tourists. But after the collapse of the Soviet empire, its popularity has come to nought. Many politicians, rights activists and common people have repeatedly declared for the Lenin's reburial. However, Russian Communist Party is strongly opposed to the very idea of the relocation of their leader’s body.
According to the recent opinion poll, published on the eve of Vladimir Lenin birthday, more that half of Russians (56%) believe the 1917 Bolshevik Revolution leader should be reburied, while 28% want his body to remain in the Mausoleum on Red Square. However, the final opinion can be taken only after a parliamentary vote.
Author: Julia Alieva