2006-04-17 15:44:00

Lenin should be buried if social schism can be avoided - Yavlinsky

Moscow, April 17, Interfax - Vladimir Lenin's body should be buried if doing so will not cause a schism in society, Yabloko leader Grigory Yavlinsky told a Monday press conference at the Interfax main office.

"Certainly, it would be right to bury Ilyich at a cemetery and to remove Stalin's grave from Red Square," he said.

"This should be done without causing any social conflicts or clashes. If this is impossible, we should not give another reason for a public split," he said.

De-Bolshevization of the country is an important political task, but the authorities are "taking advantage of both parties instead of solving the problem," Yavlinsky said.

"It would be a big mistake to present that period of history as heroic. The authorities are thereby destroying Russia's self-identification as a modern European democracy, which will have very serious historical and economic consequences," he said.