...Again anticonnumism has been
spilled our on front-pages of western newspapers, in connection with
the idea of the President of Russia Yeltsin to carry out a referendum
on re-burial of Lenin’s body in Petersburg (Leningrad) on the Volkov-Cenmentery.
And only in few words the newspapers are quoting
the statement of the Duma (Russian Parliament), which confirms the historic
significance of Red Square, where any reconstruction-works have been
prohibited. Yeltsin has spoken out quite another meaning, contradicting
to the letter, sent in his name. Some years ago by the Minister of Culture
Sidorov, to the International Lenin Defense Committee. The Minister
has assured, that “...nothing will be destroyed and” Lenin’s theme will
remain in context with the great History and Culture, which has been
existing on this territory”. In all official meeting debates and assemblies
during all these years in Russia, in which the President of the International
Lenin Defense Committee took part, a quite negative attitude to the
removal of Lenin’s body was always expressed, an attitude, which was
also approved by representatives of the Russian Orthodox Church during
the meeting in Serguiev Posad (the residence of the Patriarch).
A rude historic falsification is the alleged
will of Lenin to be buried in Leningrad near the grave of his mother.
The sole related niece of Lenin, Olga Ulianova, confirmed, that Lenin
had never expressed such an idea.
Besides the sarcophagus with Lenin’s body is
placed 3 meters under the earth’s surface.
“In the extreme case - she says - I propose to
close the sarcophagus with Lenin’s body by granite plates, but at any
rate it must be left in the Mausoleum”.
Meanwhile, as this speculations continues, the
International Lenin Defense Committee has received proposals of National
Committees of more that 30 countries of all continents to initiate publishing
of an international magazine, issued in several languages, which could
give rise to a discussion entitled “Communism -yesterday, today, and
tomorrow”. And this will be done.
“A ghost is roaming Europe, a ghost of Communism”
- wrote K.Marx and F.Engels in “The Manifesto”. Perhaps, the election
results and the strengthening of influence of communist ideals in Italy,
France, Poland, Hungary, Russia are causing again fear of reactionaries
and “the ghost of communism” is pushing them to move out different initiatives?
By Roberto Npoleone,
President of the International Lenin Defense Committee