Orthodox Faithful Request Lenin
Be Removed from Red Square

Several dozen Cossacks and about a hundred Orthodox believers held a prayer service at the foot of the monument to Marshal Zhukov on the Manege Square

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An unauthorized protest took place in central Moscow today, when several dozen Cossacks and about a hundred Orthodox believers held a prayer service at the foot of the monument to Marshal Zhukov on the Manege Square. They are demanding that the body of Vladimir Ulyanov-Lenin be removed from the mausoleum, and the mausoleum torn down. The peaceful protest took place before the Mother of God icon which is revered among the Cossacks of the Urals and lost during the Soviet period. After the prayer service, the gathering sang the old Russian Imperial anthem God Save the Tsar. The icon was then moved to the Theatre Square where they continued their rally in front of the monument to Karl Marx.

The participants argued that while Lenin remains in Red Square, Russia is failing to acknowledge the millions of victims stemming from the tyranny that he unleashed upon the country after the downfall of the monarchy. Many protesters believe that as many as 1.5 to 2 million people perished in the first year under Leninís rule, and up to 50 million people under Lenin and Stalin combined. More and more Russians believe that Lenin was also responsible for ordering the murder of Tsar Nicholas II and his family in July 1918.

"Clearly, the current status of Lenin's body, exposed to the public, is contrary to our cultural traditions and beliefs. You cannot ignore the fact that Lenin committed clear criminal and immoral acts, including the murder of many innocent people solely on the basis of their social background "- the head of the Synodal Department for Church and Society Archpriest Vsevolod Chaplin said in May year. At the same time, the priest said, "discussing the subject of burial, it is necessary to take into account the views of different sectors of society and not do anything that would cause division and strife."

The mummified remains of Vladimir Lenin in Moscow's Red Square. Since the collapse of the Soviet Union and the fall of communism in 1991,
more and more Russians are calling for the removal of Lenin's remains from the mausoleum and the mausoleum torn down.

Source & Copyright: Известия
28 August, 2011