Russia/Int'l : A top Russian Orthodox leader has backed calls by the Russian Church abroad for the works of the Soviet Union's founder, Vladimir Ilich Lenin (1870-1924), to be banned because of their incitement of "hatred and extremism".
"Clear evidence has been offered of Lenin's extremist and terrorist
views before and after the October Revolution," said Metropolitan
Hilarion of Volokolamsk, the Church's foreign relations director.
Church hopes a Russian investigative committee will soon, on the basis
of these arguments, give a legal assessment of the statements and acts
by this ‘leader of the revolution' whose policies cost the Russian
people so dearly."
The 46-year-old metropolitan was reacting to an initiative by the autonomous Russian Orthodox Church Outside Russia.