Lenin on the market? Russian politician suggests flogging Soviet chief’s physique to the Chinese

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No stranger to controversy, veteran politician and perennial presidential candidate Vladimir Zhirinovsky prompted a stir on-line after suggesting that Russia sells the preserved physique of revolutionary chief Vladimir Lenin.

“In France, a businessman wants to sell the painting ‘Mona Lisa’. We could sell Lenin’s mummy. There are buyers: China, Vietnam, or some other kind of communist. Lenin, in good condition, mummified just 96 years ago,” he tweeted. The Soviet chief’s physique has been on public show since shortly after his loss of life in 1924.

The controversial Russian politician was referring to a latest suggestion by French businessman Stephane Distinguin, who proposed that France ought to promote the well-known portray for €50 billion ($54.5 billion) to offset the monetary price of Covid-19.

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Zhirinovsky is a widely known determine in Russia and has been the chief of the Liberal Democratic Party of Russia (LDPR) since 1989. The politician is legendary for his passionate, patriotic rhetoric and confrontational fashion. Over the years, Zhirinovsky has been concerned in lots of controversial moments, together with calling a fellow presidential candidate a “whore” throughout a televised debate.

Despite his many outlandish ideas, Zhirinovsky isn’t the primary particular person to counsel eradicating Lenin’s physique from his mausoleum on Moscow’s Red Square. In 1997, President Boris Yeltsin prompt eradicating the corpse and inserting it subsequent to Lenin’s mom, in Saint Petersburg. His successor, President Vladimir Putin, has to date rejected ideas to move the physique, explaining that for a lot of former residents of the us, “the burial of Lenin would mean that they worshiped false values, set themselves false goals and that their life was lived in vain.”

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Just a month in the past, Zhirinovsky made extra headlines when he prompt that the communists celebrating Lenin’s birthday on Red Square be detained for breaking quarantine. The Soviet revolutionary would have celebrated his 150th birthday on April 22nd, and members of the nation’s Communist Party had big plans to rejoice. Scuppered by the self-isolation measures, the occasion was low-key, with solely a handful of hardcore supporters turning up.

“We should all be in isolation. And if the communists refuse to obey the rules that apply to everyone and still go to the mausoleum … then we suggest that their entire delegation be arrested,” the occasion’s press service quoted him as saying.

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