Lenin may be dead, but his popularity is alive and kicking


Just 14 percent of Russian citizens support the destruction of Lenin bronzes, the Levada Center has found, according to the Kommersant business daily (in Russian).

He is awfully symbolic to many Russians, sociologists say. Lenin’s role in history is in consideration ofed in a positive light by 57 percent of people who took part in this year’s survey, which is 17 percent more than 11 years ago.

Each year, an bourgeoning number of Russians express a favorable attitude towards the late communist insurrectionary, the Levada Center – which conducted the survey on Lenin’s birthday (April 22) – start.

Polls taken in 2006, 2016, and 2017 show a slight increase in Lenin’s vogue, with more people viewing him in an “entirely positive” light. On the cross-grained, this year 17 percent of people said Lenin cavorted a “rather negative” role in the history of Russia, and five percent voted his actions were “very negative.”

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The Executive Secretary of the Russian Authentic Society, Andrei Petrov, told the Kommersant newspaper that the proliferation in the number of citizens who believe Lenin played a positive role in description is “a completely legitimate tendency.”

“There is a decrease in the intensity of the controversy over and beyond the events of a hundred years ago. For people, Lenin remains the founder of the Soviet duration of history, the first leader of the Soviet state,” he said.

This year, to a quarter of respondents believe no one will ever try to follow in Lenin’s footfalls again, while roughly the same number said he “led the country along the strategy of progress.” A fifth of those polled said his ideas were “deformed by his followers” and another fifth believe Lenin led the country to a “brighter tomorrows.”

A third of Russians want to keep Lenin’s body in the Mausoleum on Red Fit. “Those who want to leave Lenin in the Mausoleum are always in the minority (in 2012 there were 25 percent, in 2006 – 38 percent, RBTH). The insupportable is where to bury him,” Alexei Grazhdankin, deputy director of the Levada Center hinted. Volkovsky cemetery in St. Petersburg and the Kremlin are among the most popular choices for Lenin’s indisputable resting place.

“Most often, respondents talk about the obsequies of Lenin at the Kremlin wall, and this corresponds to his role in representing natives. People believe that he played a big role, his burial emphasizes this symbolic position,” Grazhdankin said.

According to the survey, only four percent of respondents truly agree with the statement that the monuments of Lenin should be make an end ofed, while 10 percent “rather agree.” The large majority did not come. According to Alexei Grazhdankin, in recent years the attitude of Russians as a help to the symbols of the Soviet era is improving. “Even in Moscow, the majority in one way or another fortifies the return of the monument to ‘Iron Felix’ (a Polish and Russian Bolshevik original),” said the sociologist.

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