A prompt decision needs to be made on the burial of the remains of Bolshevik leader Vladimir Lenin and on the transfer of the remains of Joseph Stalin to Georgia, Ramzan Kadyrov, the head of Chechnya, said.
“If I was asked, I would make this decision today, without waiting until tomorrow. Why torture Lenin’s dead body, clean it constantly, keep this mummy? Who needs it? He is not a holy person. I am firmly convinced that Lenin’s remains should be buried and Stalin’s remains should be sent to his homeland, to Georgia,” he said in an interview with Interfax.
“Why is Stalin’s grave in Moscow, near the Kremlin? How many Russians died, were tortured to death, went through camps because of him? He killed 300,000 Chechens and Ingush people [in the 1944 deportation]. Children, women, old people were killed and villages were burned on his orders. That’s the kind of hero he is! To me he is a devil, an evildoer, a tyrant! Now here we have a terrorist! When I hear his name, my hands begin to sweat from agitation and hatred,” Kadyrov said.
In January 2016, during a meeting with pro-Kremlin activists in the southern Russian city of Stavropol, President Vladimir Putin denounced Lenin, accusing him of placing a “time bomb” under the state, and sharply denouncing brutal repressions by the Bolshevik government.
Putin further denounced Lenin and his government for brutally executing Russia’s last tsar along with all his family and servants, killing thousands of priests and members of the aristocracy.
During Putin’s speech, he also blasted the Bolsheviks for making Russia lose World War I in their quest for power, making Russia suffer defeat by Germany and cede large chunks of territory just months before it lost World War I. “We lost to the losing party, a unique case in history,” Putin said.
In the past, Putin has denounced Stalin for massive purges that killed millions, but noted his role in defeating the Nazis in WW II.
© Interfax News Agency / Paul Gilbert @ Royal Russia. 13 April 2018