2007-10-10 11:18:00

Lenin's Mausoleum in the center of Russia is nonsense, head of Russian presidential administration says

Moscow, October 10, Interfax - The question of Lenin's reburial may be decided by referendum, head of Russian presidential administration Vladimir Kozhin opines.

'Having a necropolis in the center of our country is obviously nonsense. But let others decide if it should stay or go. The best way for that is a referendum. And if 80 percent say that Lenin's body should be buried then we may do something. But not before that,' Kozhin said in his interview published by Rossiyskaya Gazeta daily on Wednesday.

His personal view on the matter is that 'nothing should be touched there at the moment.' 'We have just started forgetting the revolution and endless political strife. We have started normaly living, working, getting rich. But if you only touch this delicate issue, there will be unrest among our elderly people. Who needs that? No one, I guess,' Kozhin said.

Lenin's Mausoleum is managed by the Federal Guard Service. 'Maintaining proper temperature, guarding it, and medical support cost us several dozens of millions rubles. It is not very much,' he added.