Moscow, January 15, Interfax - Russian President Vladimir Putin's comparison of the Lenin Mausoleum to the veneration of holy relics is not sensational, Russian presidential press secretary Dmitry Peskov said.
"President Putin is very consistent in his assessment of this issue. He has made a number of statements on this issue. Therefore, we don't see anything new here that could lead to some sensational debate," Peskov said in comments on the president's statement in the documentary titled Valaam.
The president regularly maintains dialogue with the heads of parliamentary factions, including CPRF leader Gennady Zyuganov.
"Therefore, of course, they can exchange opinions on various issues," Peskov said.
The Communists did not create their own ideology but only adapted Orthodox Christianity to their needs, Putin said earlier.
"Lenin ['s body] was placed inside the Mausoleum. How is that different from any relics of the saints for Orthodox Christians or Christians in general? I am told: 'No, there is no such tradition in the Christian world.' How come? What about Athos? Go there and see. There are relics of the saints there. And here, too, there are the holy relics of [Saint] Sergius and [Saint] Herman. In other words, the authorities then dreamed up nothing new. They just adapted what mankind invented a long time ago to their ideology," Putin said in the documentary, excerpts from which were published on the website of the television channel Rossiya 1 (VGTRK).