Moscow, April 20, Interfax - Yet another project to rebury Vladimir Lenin is a response to the recent criticism of government by the Russian Communist Party, the party's central committee secretary Sergey Obukhov said.
"We regard this information attack as a response to the Russian Communist Party's criticism of government," Obukhov told Interfax on Thursday.
Only today various media outlets published a whole host of prominent articles concerning the Communist Party one way or another, including reports of a bill to bury Lenin, he said.
At the same time, the topic of the mausoleum and burial is raised with enviable regularity, Obukhov said.
"The question is not about reburial, this is about the status of burial. A political struggle is going on, with all sorts of argument mixed in," the politician said.
In addition, recently he "had discussions with representatives from religious organizations on this matter, and everyone agreed that there was no principled objection in this respect," Obukhov said.
Besides, "there is the law on burial, article three says that placing into the ground means into a grave or a vault," Obukhov said. "The Mausoleum is a vault. Anything else is devil's reasoning," Obukhov said.
The Communist Party is ready for further discussion on the matter but opponents have no particular weighty argument.
A bill introduced in the State Duma on Thursday proposes a legal mechanism for reburying the remains of Vladimir Lenin, one of the bill's authors, Vladimir Sysoyev (Liberal Democratic Party), told Interfax.