2005-11-02 13:33:00

The Russian Church proposes to approach Lenin’s reburial from religious, rather than political point of view

Moscow, November 2, Interfax - The problem of Lenin’s reburial is politicized too much, Metropolitan Kirill of Smolensk and Kaliningrad, chairman of the department for external church relations of the Moscow Patriarchate thinks.

‘As far as Lenin’s reburial is concerned, it is overpoliticized. Many people have bitter feelings concerning a possibility of reburial’, the metropolitan said at a press conference in Moscow on Wednesday.

He underscored that from Christian, Islamic and Jewish point of view, ‘every man should be buried. This is a common religious tradition that goes back to the Old Testament. There could be no other comments’.

Metropolitan Kirill noted that the question ‘should be considered’ from the political point of view.

‘It should consolidate society rather than undermine consolidation. It requires political analysis and consultations with main political authorities. A referendum might be needed’, metropolitan thinks.

In other words, he said, it should be done without heating up political passions as Russian society ‘is tired of conflicts, while efforts (to rebury Lenin - IF) should help reconcile people rather than incite conflicts’.