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Goodbye Lenin? Russian lawmakers try to tweak law to get him buried

21 Avril 2017

At least 58 percent of Russians think Lenin's body should be taken from the Red Square Mausoleum and properly buried, though the majority don't want the monument to the Bolshevik leader to be removed from Moscow's main square, a new poll indicates, APA reported citing Interfax. Most Russians (63%) have agreed with the idea that Lenin's body should be buried, a year ago this figure was 60%, a survey conducted by the Russian Public Opinion Research Center showed on Friday. It was released on the eve of the Bolshevik leader's birthday.

Levada polled 1,600 adults across Russian Federation in the March 31-April 3 survey.

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Another 26 percent want to bury Lenin in Volkovo Cemetery in St. Petersburg, where many artists, musicians, and politicians were laid to rest.

Asked what they thought about proposals to remove Lenin's body, 58 percent said it should be buried while 31 percent said it should remain in the mausoleum. However, 32% of those polled said this should be done immediately, while 31% are in favor of waiting for some time until this issue ceases to be sensitive for those to who cherish Lenin, ' the pollster said, adding that 31% of the respondents suggested "leaving things as they are". Another 23 percent said that Lenin led the country to progress and equality, while 21 percent answered that his ideas were distorted by his followers.

Goodbye Lenin? Russian lawmakers try to tweak law to get him buried