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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Kremlin Aide Says Time to Bury Lenin Properly

MTA group of soldiers visiting the Lenin Mausoleum Wednesday on Red Square.
The embalmed body of revolutionary leader Vladimir Lenin should be moved from the Red Square mausoleum and buried as an act of closure on Russia's turbulent past, Presidential Property Department head Vladimir Kozhin said.

"We have only just moved away from revolutions, from turbulent political battles. The country wants to live normally, to work, to be rich," said Kozhin, who is in charge of a Kremlin property portfolio, which includes Red Square, Rossiiskaya Gazeta reported Wednesday.

President Boris Yeltsin more than once spoke in favor of removing Lenin's body. But strong pro-Communist sentiment in the country prevented him from doing so. Doctors embalmed Lenin's body days after he died in 1924 and laid him out in the mausoleum.

"Of course, having this necropolis at the center of the city is nonsense," Kozhin said, adding that he wanted a national referendum on whether Lenin should be moved and buried. "And if 80 percent of the people say that Lenin should be moved and buried, then it is up to us to act on that decision," he said.

The Russians and tourists who form long lines waiting to view Lenin's body have had a new element added to the experience, as metal detectors -- through which all visitors must pass -- were recently installed.

Reuters, MT