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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Communists Vow Action Over Lenin

Communist Party leader Gennady Zyuganov said Thursday he would take "emergency action" if the Kremlin removes the body of Vladimir Lenin from the mausoleum on Red Square.

But he did not say just what sort of action he had in mind.

"We have a plan for such an emergency situation," Zyuganov said at a news conference. "We would take emergency measures immediately."

President Boris Yeltsin previously said it is time to bury the Bolshevik leader, whose embalmed corpse is a shrine for Communists and an attraction for tourists in the Russian capital.

"He will be buried," the president said in a recent interview with the Izvestia newspaper. "But the question is when?"

Many Communists had feared Yeltsin would carry out the threat July 17, the anniversary of the day in 1918 when Bolshevik revolutionaries executed Russia's last tsar, Nicholas II, his wife and five children.

Last year, Yeltsin marked the date by burying the tsar's remains in a lavish ceremony in St. Petersburg.

This year the date passed without event, but Communists have said they believe Yeltsin could remove the body at any time.

Lenin's burial would be an important political symbol for Yeltsin, who must step down next year from

the presidency and has made clear

that he wants to be remembered as the man who ended Communist rule in Russia.

One Communist lawmaker has said that Lenin has already been removed and replaced by a wax model.