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Russians Mark 85th Anniversary Of Lenin's Death


Communist supporters march in front of Lenin's mausoleum in Moscow on January 21.

Communist supporters march in front of Lenin's mausoleum in Moscow on January 21.

ULYANOVSK, Russia (RFE/RL) -- Russian communists are marking the 85th anniversary of Soviet leader Vladimir Lenin's death.

Lenin's remains are kept in a special mausoleum on Moscow's Red Square where the public can view him, though there is a movement calling for him to be buried.

Aleksandr Kruglikov, the Communist Party leader in Lenin's hometown of Ulyanovsk, says he opposes the idea of burying Lenin.

But Father Igor Vakhosvky of Ulyanovsk's St. Trinity Cathedral, says Lenin should be buried according to Christian practices.

Tatiana Bryliyaeva, the director of the Lenin Museum in Ulyanovsk, told RFE/RL's Russian Service that some 30,000 tourists visit every year.
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