Before the start of the year marking the 100th anniversary of the revolution Chief Rabbi of Russia Berel Lazar said that Lenin and Stalin have soaked the country in blood and he stood for the reburial of the body of Lenin and refurbishing the mausoleum into a museum.
"The body of Lenin should be interred, and the tombs at the cemetery
near the Kremlin Wall should be relocated to other cemeteries.
Representatives of all denominations share an opinion that this is
needed to be done. As to the Lenin's mausoleum, I believe that it is
unnecessary to destroy it, as the building organically fitted in with
the Red Square ensemble. It would be better to set up a museum dedicated
to the Soviet era at the mausoleum," Lazar said in an interview with Interfax-Religion.
Having given the assessment to Lenin and Stalin, he noted that both of
them "are people who overflew the country with blood and sought to
replace the faith in the God with a cult of idolized leaders."
Lazar admitted that for him the Soviet period of history is the dark
times, because the Bolsheviks have been seeking for their goal "through
violence that reached its apogee under Stalin."
"Severe restrictions have been in effect against the believers
[regardless of their religious identity] practically throughout the
entire Soviet period. Until Stalin's death they were subjected to
large-scale repressions - people were imprisoned or executed simply for
the fulfillment of the duties of a clergyman. Then the repressions
against the believers became individual, but different harassments and
restrictions remained in place that I have still witnessed in the late
1980s. All good what people are speaking about, recalling the Soviet
Union, existed not thanks to, but rather in defiance of the regime," he