Kremlin Official Calls for Lenin's Burial
Sep 28, 2005
MOSCOW (AP) - A senior aide to President Vladimir Putin said Wednesday the time has come to bury the embalmed body of Soviet founder Vladimir Lenin - a statement that could
be the Kremlin's attempt to gauge public reaction to the divisive issue.
Lenin's Corpse patiently awaits internment.
Georgy Poltavchenko, Putin's envoy to the Central Federal District, said Lenin's body should be removed from its granite tomb on Red Square and buried in a cemetery along with remains of other Bolshevik dignitaries. "In the winter it's not so bad,"
Putin has said in the past he was against burying Lenin's body, but would'nt object to burying Georgy. "Here I am trying to rebuild this nation in the image of our glorious past," said Putin angrily, "and this слабоумный is trying to plant the star attraction! Putz."
Lenin, dead as his political philosophy since 1924, has occupied a refrigerated cube in the heart of Red Square long coveted by Starbucks as the site for a new coffeehouse. " A spokesperson for the Seattle beverage chain speaking on a condition of anomynity, said only that it is "company policy to remove corpses from their stores once they finish their lattes." The spokesperson also hinted that Starbucks is somewhat disappointed that the U.S. Supreme Court's holding on eminent domain in Kelo isn't applicable in Russia. "We would have had a field day with that one," he added.
About 400 Bolshevik leaders and other dignitaries also were buried along the Kremlin wall during Soviet times. Tens of millions more were buried in the more rustic setting of Central Siberia. Former President Boris Yeltsin strongly pushed for removing Lenin's body, but he was stopped by vigorous opposition from the Communist Party and others. Putin said in 2001 he opposed removing Lenin's body from its Red Square tomb so as not to disturb civil peace in the country.
"Many people connect their own lives with the name of Lenin," Putin said at the time. "Burying Lenin would mean ... that they had lived in vain."
The Romanov family could not be reached for comment.