04 October 2005, 17:45
Zyuganov against burying Lenin
Moscow, October 4, Interfax - Russian Communists leader Gennady Zyuganov said that statements on the necessity to bury Lenin are "irresponsible and provocative."
In a statement published on the Communists official web-site Zyuganov, commenting on a statement on Lenin's burial by Presidential envoy to the Central Federal District Georgy Poltavchenko, said that "the Communists consider the terrible words of this presidential envoy to be irresponsible and provocative, humiliating people's feelings and challenging the country's history and common sense."
The statement says that according "to the latest data from the Public Opinion Foundation more than 58% of Russians positively assessed Lenin's role in Russian history, with only 21% assessing it negatively."
"The statement has become another proof of the amorality and cynicism of the Russian authorities. The massacre in Chechnya with 120,000 killed might not be enough, and the Beslan tragedy likewise. How about the explosions and endless funerals? Now they want to touch with their filthy hands and drunken heads the sanctuary of the State, the Red Square, where more than 400 Heroes of the Great Soviet Era lie," Zyuganov said.
Zyuganov said that "the aspiration to rake up the remains of those dead is a grave sin and demonstration of mental pathology."
"People with such a level of comprehension of the national interests cannot assume high positions and be members of parliament," Zyuganov said.
Zyuganov said that "Lenin's body is buried two meters below ground level, according to all Russian traditions, and that there are a lot of such burials all over Europe."
Zyuganov said that the Red Square and the mausoleum are among monuments of global importance, protected by UNESCO.