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    Over 60 percent of Russians want Vladimir Lenin to be removed from his mausoleum in Moscow's Red Square and buried, a pollster said on Wednesday.

    Over 60 percent of Russians want Vladimir Lenin to be removed from his mausoleum in Moscow's Red Square and buried, a pollster said on Wednesday.

    Forty three percent of the polled were in favor of burying the leader of the Bolshevik revolution immediately, according to the All-Russia Center for the Study of Public Opinion (VTsIOM). Meanwhile, 18% believe that this should be done at a later date.

    Thirty percent are in favor of leaving Lenin in the mausoleum as they believe it has long become a major tourist attraction.

    The survey was held on January 29-30 in 138 Russian residential areas, with the participation of 1,600 people. The margin of error is no more than 3.4%.

    Lenin died on January 21, 1924, but despite his stated wish, his corpse was embalmed and placed in a specially built mausoleum on Moscow's Red Square. Throughout the years of Soviet rule, crowds of Soviet citizens and delegations from friendly countries visited the tomb.

    MOSCOW, February 2 (RIA Novosti)

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