2007-10-11 16:11:00

Rights activist calls for reburying Lenin, Stalin

Moscow, October 11, Interfax - Russian society is ready for the reburial of Vladimir Lenin, Chairman of the Memorial International Historical, Educational and Human Rights Society Arseniy Roginsky told Interfax on Thursday.

"I am positive we must make this decision. Also, this decision must apply not only to the mausoleum and Lenin's body, but also to the graves near the Kremlin wall. Some of the people buried there, among them [Joseph] Stalin, were directly involved in state terrorism," he said.

"We should explain the role of those people in our history - it was both a positive and negative role. People guilty of terrorizing the nation must not be buried in the city center. I mean Lenin and Stalin," he said.

There are different ways to make a decision: "it could be a referendum, or a parliament resolution, or a political decision of the executive authorities," Roginsky said.

There should be debates before taking Lenin's body away from the mausoleum, he added.

Meanwhile, chief of the Kremlin property department Vladimir Kozhin said that a decision on the Lenin reburial might be taken at a referendum.

"Certainly, this is absurd to have a necropolis in the heart of the country. Let others make a decision whether we need it there or not. The best way to find out is a referendum. If 80% say that Lenin must be buried, we will do that. We won't do that earlier," he said in an interview published in the Wednesday issue of the newspaper Rossiiskaya Gazeta.