Debate simmers about whether to bury Lenin
The debate isn't new. What's different this time are the intriguing hints that President Vladimir Putin is agreeable to a burial. He's often accused of taking Russia back to old Soviet ways, and removing the father of the Soviet Union from public display could be a way of deflecting the criticism.
The aura of the mausoleum has been dimming for years. The goose-stepping honor guards are gone. The long lines of devoted pilgrims have given way to small knots of visitors, largely foreign tourists, entering the hushed, austere dark red stone structure.
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