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Lenin's body nearer exit
[Dawn] JUST one in four Russians thinks the body of Vladimir Ilyich Lenin should remain ensconced in its dark mausoleum on Red Square, according to a poll released on Wednesday.

The new findings have fuelled speculation that the Russian authorities may bury Lenin's body -- a measure that remains highly politically charged 89 years after the Soviet leader's death.

The Levada Centre, an independent pollster, found that 25 per cent of those polled believed Lenin should remain in his mausoleum -- a record low since the organization first began asking the question in 1997.

Most of those polled -- 34 per cent -- said Lenin should be buried in St Petersburg's Volkovsky cemetery, while 19 per cent wanted to see him buried in the Kremlin walls, alongside other Soviet luminaries.
If I was Tsar of All the Russias like Putin, I'd leave it where it was and charge a ruble a peek. Don't turn down a reliable source of revenue.
Posted by:Fred

#12  Wonder what the poll results would have been if you'd administered it in American newsrooms and college faculty lounges? Methinks a lot higher than 50 percent.

Secondary infection.
Posted by: Pappy   2013-01-19 22:28  

#11  Ima waiting for Jimmy's dirt nap for a little midnight irrigation
Posted by: Frank G   2013-01-19 19:29  

#10  Interesting bit at the end of the article:
Pollsters and analysts see nostalgia for the Soviet era diminishing as older generations die off.
“The number of respondents who regret the collapse of the Soviet Union will fall commensurately with the decrease in the number of people who lived in that country,” Alexei Grazhdankin, deputy head of the Levada Centre, told the Kommersant newspaper this month, explaining a new poll that found that 49 per cent of Russians regretted the collapse of the Soviet Union — the first time the number has fallen below 50 per cent since 1992.

Wonder what the poll results would have been if you'd administered it in American newsrooms and college faculty lounges? Methinks a lot higher than 50 percent.
Posted by: Ricky bin Ricardo (Abu Babaloo)   2013-01-19 18:02  

#9  Actually they did keep ole Stalin on ice right next to Lenin for a few years, but he was the victim of some bad PR and ended up in the wall.
Posted by: Shipman   2013-01-19 16:51  

#8  Your right.. Stalin, Mao, Pol-Pot, Castro, The Jong's, Hugo, etc... I think we can have a free-market industry in pissing-on-graves here :).
Posted by: CrazyFool   2013-01-19 15:04  

#7  Ok wrong tyrant. Sorry. Late night
Posted by: USN,ret   2013-01-19 14:59  

#6  CF: you are talking about Stalin, regarding gravepizzing, right?
Posted by: USN,ret   2013-01-19 14:58  

#5  Heck - charge people $10 to piss on his grave. You're have a budget surplus in no time.
Posted by: CrazyFool   2013-01-19 12:42  

#4  Pack Lenin up and send him to DC quick; there is a swearing in he would not want miss.
Posted by: airandee   2013-01-19 11:14  

#3  Ah, send him on a world tour to places he'll be cheered, like Havana where he can meet up with and join Hugo for the leg to Caracas, before the stop at the White House.
Posted by: Procopius2k   2013-01-19 08:38  

#2  I'd pay a dollar to go look at him. He's dead.

That's worth at least a dollar.
Posted by: Threater Flusoper9823   2013-01-19 07:29  

#1  Always "Under Repair" especially in high summer.
Posted by: Shipman   2013-01-19 04:39