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Russian enclave to honour Lenin
Lenin's embalmed body in the mausoleum on the Red Square
The founder of the Soviet state has been on display since 1924
A new square in the Russian enclave of Kaliningrad is to be named after Vladimir Lenin, the Itar-Tass news agency reports.

The square in the capital, Kaliningrad, is also set to feature a restored statue of the revolutionary leader.

Mayor Yuri Savenko said that opinion polls suggested 18% of the city's population respected Lenin and "we have no right to ignore that".

Most Lenin landmarks were renamed after the USSR collapsed in 1991.

Mausoleum

"A symbol of the victory of the Soviet people in the Great Patriotic War will appear in the renovated Pobeda [Victory] Square," Mr Savenko said, the official news agency reported.

The statue could not be returned to its former place in the city's Victory Square because of architectural considerations following a renovation of the square, he added.

Last month, a top aide to President Vladimir Putin suggested burying Lenin, whose embalmed body is now a tourist attraction in a guarded mausoleum on Moscow's Red Square.

The founder of the Soviet state has been in the mausoleum in Moscow's Red Square since his death in 1924.

Some Russian officials have demanded that his body should be removed from the mausoleum and buried, in line with the leader's wishes - he wanted to be buried alongside his mother in St Petersburg.

But Russia's Communist Party strongly objects to the idea, and parliament has repeatedly put off debating the issue.



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