Communists’ Religious Feelings Were Violated by Proposal to Replace Lenin’s Body

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A Communists of Russia party official has called for the criminal prosecution of a regional lawmaker for insulting religious believers by calling to bury Lenin’s preserved body.

Lenin’s body was temporarily embalmed and put on display for mourners to pay their respects to the Soviet leader for four days after his death in January 1924. The Soviet government then moved Lenin’s body to a mausoleum on Red Square and decided to preserve it almost two months later. A debate has since raged over what to do with the Bolshevik revolutionary’s corpse.

Vladimir Petrov, a lawmaker in the Leningrad region, reignited the debate about Lenin’s preserved body two weeks ago by suggesting that it be buried on the 100-year anniversary of the Bolshevik leader’s death in 2024 and replaced with a rubber or wax replica in his mausoleum.

Sergei Malinkovich, the central committee secretary of the Communists of Russia political party, said the proposal had violated Russia’s Criminal Code by insulting religious feelings and inciting hatred, the MBKh Media news site reported Tuesday.

“Our lawyers concluded that two Criminal Code articles could have been violated,” Malinkovich was quoted as saying.

“If you count supporters of Marxism-Leninism as the followers of an ideology, then of course he [Petrov] insulted them all,” he added.

The Communists of Russia is a separate organization from the more popular Communist Party of Russia (KPRF). It fielded the least-popular candidate in Russian presidential elections earlier this year.

Malinkovich told MBKh Media that the party plans to “keep hounding” Petrov for his public remarks. ”He clearly wants to insult and humiliate Communists in public,” he was quoted as saying.
Communists’ Religious Feelings Were Violated by Proposal to Replace Lenin’s Body, Party Official Says

lol Wow...

Well, I suppose, to these guys, this shit actually kinda IS a religion...
 
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It is. Communism wanted to replace religion with worship of the state, but it failed as people continued to worship underground. Eventually, they had to cede and just ignore it.

China still persecutes some faiths (e.g. Falun Gong), but not universally and it tends to single out those critical of the state and punish them harshly.
 
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It is. Communism wanted to replace religion with worship of the state, but it failed as people continued to worship underground. Eventually, they had to cede and just ignore it.

China still persecutes some faiths (e.g. Falun Gong), but not universally and it tends to single those critical of the state and punish them harshly.
The thing with Lenin's body is ramping up, over there.

More and more especially younger people, who think it's creepy as hell to have a bloody mummy laid out on the nation's Red Square

want him buried already: Calls for Lenin's body to finally be buried ahead of 100th anniversary of Bolshevik revolution

But, there are still too many old Communist supporters, for whom touching it is a sacrilege, they hold large pilgrimages and such there, big processions with red flags and all

and Putin does not want to alienate them; to the point that, supposedly, last year, he promised the head of the mainstream Communist Party that Lenin will remain in his Mausoleum as long as he remains in power: Putin promised to keep Lenin’s body in Moscow mausoleum, communists say

In other words, keep on voting for and otherwise supporting me, old Commies :D

There are also foreign allies, old friends, who still revere the place, for example, the President of Cuba was recently in Moscow and, of course, came by to visit Grandpa Ilyich

:D

It costs millions of dollars a year to run, especially the special equipment that preserves Lenin's corpse in there.

But, yeah, it is a big tourist draw. During the World Cup this summer, for example, all these foreign fans are lined up to go into the Mausoleum, no joke


There are also Lenin impersonators always hanging around there, ready to take a selfie with you for money

:D

All sorts of impersonators of famous figures from Russian history "work" Red Square, actually. Back in 2016, was a hilarious episode where Lenin got into a fight with Alexander Pushkin (famous Tsarist-era poet and playwright, Russia's Shakespeare, pretty much father of modern Russian language), possibly over territory


:D Pushkin always was an aggressive fella... No wonder he eventually died in a duel ;)
 
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