2017-11-02 17:26:00

Head of human rights council suggests turning Mausoleum into museum, selling tickets to enter it, think of Lenin's body as pharaoh's mummy

Moscow, November 2, Interfax - Lenin's Mausoleum should be turned into a museum, Mikhail Fedotov, the head of the Russian presidential human rights council, said.

"I think it's time to resolve the mausoleum problem. And not in a particularly radical manner, but rather by making the mausoleum a museum," Fedotov told reporters.

Les Invalides in Paris, where the Napoleon tomb is located, is a museum, not a place of worship, he said.

There is no need to remove Lenin's body from the mausoleum, Fedotov said.

"There is no need to change anything. But it should be a museum, there should be a person selling tickets at the entrance, then go descend and there is a display devoted to the creation of the mausoleum, its internal machinery, balsamation techniques, etc. It will be a very interesting museum, I assure you," Fedotov said.

"That will stop it being a place of worship, and the body can be there [...] In the British Museum, there are pharaoh mummies, but no one visits them with flowers, thank God. One needs to treat this as history, it's a historical fact," Fedotov said.

Russian Federation Council Speaker Valentina Matviyenko said earlier the Lenin body will be buried at some point, following a referendum on the matter.

Ramzan Kadyrov, the head of Chechnya, spoke in favor of burying Vladimir Lenin and the head of Hadji Murad on Thursday. "The Lenin body should be buried, in the same way as imam Shamil naib Hadji Murad, whose head is still in a St. Petersburg museum," he said.

Russian presidential press secretary Dmitry Peskov told reporters on Thursday that the issue of burying Vladimir Lenin's body "is not on the agenda of the Kremlin administration." "Various viewpoints have been expressed" on the issue of Lenin's burial and "this issue draws a broad public response," he said.