Russia Votes on Burying Lenin

Poll asks whether he should be taken from Red Square and buried
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 26, 2011 3:02 PM CST
A visitor looks at a painting of Soviet state founder Vladimir Lenin in this file photo.   (AP Photo/Petar Petrov)
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(Newser) – The body of Vladimir Lenin has been on public display at a mausoleum in Moscow's Red Square since he died in 1924. With the Soviet Union now a 20-year-old memory, many wonder if perhaps it's time to retire the socialist leader's remains to a cemetery. To that end, the pro-Kremlin United Russia party is hosting a public poll on the issue, reports AP. It's not clear whether the Kremlin will abide by the results—those in favor of burying Lenin are leading, notes the BBC—but Prime Minister Putin has said the issue will eventually be decided by the people.

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