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posted 15 November 2005 08:42 AM      Profile for Hephaestion   Author's Homepage        Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
(Moscow) A top Russian Orthodox official said Tuesday that the country's dominant church believes the body of Bolshevik Revolution leader Vladimir Lenin should be removed from display in a Red Square mausoleum and buried, the Interfax news agency reported.

"Lenin should be buried, because the idea of mummification is outside any cultural and religious context in Russia," Interfax quoted Metropolitan Kirill, who heads the Russian Orthodox Church's external relations department, as saying.

The comment came amid debate over whether to bury Lenin's body, which has been on display in a stone mausoleum just outside the Kremlin since 1924. Kirill called the public display of the body "an artificial phenomenon with some sort of very strange mysticism," Interfax reported.

In what appeared to be a Kremlin attempt to gauge public reaction to the divisive issue, a regional envoy of President Vladimir Putin said in September that Lenin's body should be taken from its Red Square mausoleum and buried in a cemetery along with the remains of other Bolshevik dignitaries.

Several senior lawmakers in the Kremlin-controlled parliament followed up on his call, proposing burial. Communist Party chief Gennady Zyuganov warned that his party would stage a massive civil disobedience action if authorities tried to remove the body, and the Communists launched a petition drive this month soliciting signatures against such a move.

Please don't bury me

Down in that cold, cold ground

I'd rather have them cut me up

And pass me all around

Throw my brain in a hurricane

And the blind can have my eyes;

The deaf can have both'a my ears

If they don't mind the size

-- John Prine

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