2005-11-08 10:13:00

Communists protest plans to remove Lenin's body from Mausoleum

Moscow, November 8, Interfax - Events marking the 88th anniversary of the
1917 October Revolution were held nationwide in Russia on Monday with
slogans ranging from protests against the removal of Vladimir Lenin's body
from the Mausoleum to demands that November 7 be restored as a national
holiday.

Massive rallies were held in the Far East. About 500 demonstrators, most
of them elderly people, gathered on Lenin Square in Khabarovsk to criticize
what they called "anti-democratic reforms pursued by the Russian
leadership," an Interfax correspondent reported.

Speakers also angrily condemned the idea of burying Lenin's body. After
the rally, the demonstrators marched along the central street to the
accompaniment of a band.

About 60 Communist Party members and their sympathizers organized a rally
in Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk, and about 600 people marched along Lenin Avenue in
Yakutsk. The demonstrators carried posters reflecting the occasion.

Events were also held in Tomsk and Yekaterinburg.

Celebrations were more large-scale in the Volga region.

Over 6,000 people joined rallies and marches in Samara region.
Participants in the massive events sent a telegram to the Russian leadership
protesting plans to remove Lenin's body from the Mausoleum.

But a Communist picket in Ufa near the headquarters of the Bashkortostan
government, was dispersed by police after a bomb threat call was received,
said Ufa Communist party chief Alexander Sakhalin.