October 5, 2005

"It is time to get rid of this horrible mummy."

Somehow it's still hard to face up to the need to bury Lenin's body:
"It is time to get rid of this horrible mummy," said Valeriya Novodvorskaya, head of the Democratic Union, a small reform party. "One cannot talk about any kind of democracy or civilization in Russia when Lenin is still in the country's main square."

She added: "I would not care even if he were thrown on a garbage heap."...

Where Mr. Putin stands is now the central remaining question of Lenin's future address.

Mr. Putin said in 2001 that he did not want to upset the civic order by moving the founder's remains. "Many people in this country associate their lives with the name of Lenin," he said. "To take Lenin out and bury him would say to them that they have worshiped false values, that their lives were lived in vain."

IN THE COMMENTS: Best line "Somehow it almost sounds as if Putin is speaking for himself."

6 comments:

bearing said...

"To take Lenin out and bury him would say to them that they have worshiped false values...."

Well, yes. The sooner the better.

EddieP said...

Putin nails it!

amba said...

Yup. Face it, folks.

Somehow it almost sounds as if Putin is speaking for himself.

James d. said...

There's never much good news coming out of Russia, is there?
I think by this point, anyone who worshipped Lenin should realize that dream is dead.

Ken Begg said...

Here I was expecting an article about Helen Thomas!

Diane said...

They should sell his body, and who ever buys it should charge people to come see it. A privately owned buisness making money off of the body of a communist.

It's a shame to get rid of the mummy--I see it as destroying art. Not art I particularly enjoy, but it seems wrong to me to destroy it just because the majority no longer values it.

If you want to make a statement that communism is over, though, I can think of nothing better than using a monument to communism to promote capitalism.