Communists are battling to ensure the embalmed body of Lenin remains in Moscows’s Red Square.
It comes amid growing calls for the Bolshevik leader to finally be buried. Such an idea is sacrilege to Russia’s Communist Party. That is why they have started a petition aimed at blocking any attempt.
Since his death in 1924, Lenin’s embalmed body has been on display in a mausoleum in Moscow.
But ever since the break-up of the former Soviet Union, the idea of laying Lenin to rest has repeatedly been proposed.
The renewed debate has angered communists at a time when many feel the nation’s Soviet legacy is under threat. Last year parliament abolished the traditional November 7 public holiday marking the Bolshevik uprising.
It has been replaced by a new holiday three days earlier dubbed “The Day of People’s Unity.”