The 103rd anniversary of the October coup commemorated in Moscow. Communists laid wreaths at Lenin's Mausoleum, 07. November 2020

Communists and left-wing activists laid wreaths at the mausoleum of Bolshevik leader Vladimir Ilich Lenin on the Red Square to celebrate the 103rd anniversary of the October revolution, reported AP

Hundreds of people, holding red flags and portraits of Lenin and Stalin, marched across Red Square to lay flowers outside Vladimir Lenin's tomb.

After the ceremony Communist leader Gennady Zyuganov said the October revolution of 1917 was the greatest event of the last 300 years. 

Russian Communist Party supporters at the Red Square. Photo:


October Revolution Day

Since 1918, the October Revolution Day has been celebrated on 7th November, but Stalin renamed the day as the Great October Socialist Revolution. It was a national public holiday, which was celebrated with large military parades and demonstrations of workers.

After the collapse of the communist regime, the October Revolution Day was no longer officially celebrated in Russia.

The famous Red Square parade in October 1941 in presence of Stalin
The famous Red Square parade in October 1941 in presence of Stalin. Photo:


Russians want Bolshevik leader Lenin to be buried

Ever since Vladimir Lenin died in 1924, the embalmed corpse of the leader of the Bolshevik Coup of 1917, has been on public display in Moscow's Red Square. 

Over the years, there have been many calls for Lenin to be buried rather than kept on public display.

Various Russian state-run polls confirm that the majority of people want to see him laid to rest.

President Vladimir Putin believes Lenin should stay put, because older generation still holds him dear.  "In my view we should not touch this, at least while we have very many people who connect their own lives with this... connect this with achievements of the past, of the Soviet years," said Putin.

Every year before the anniversary of the October coup on 7th November, heated debates about what to do with it erupt about Lenin's burial, and this year was no different.

The embalmed corpse of Vladimir Lenin. Photo:


Architects have discussed the possibility of turning mausoleum into a museum

In September, when the Union of Architects of Russia has announced a competition for the best concept for re-using the Vladimir Lenin Mausoleum on Red Square, the Russian Communist Party  leader Gennady Zyuganov  called the contest a “dirty provocation,” and it was later canceled.

“I haven't met such aggression, such rejection of the project for a long time”, complained  the President of the Union of Architects of Russia Nikolai Shumakov.

The Union of Architects of Russia have suggested that transforming the Mausoleum into a museum of the history of the creation of the Mausoleum is perhaps the best, and the most logical option for the future. 

The cartoon depicts people standing in a line to visit Lenin's Mausoleum in Red Square.  A grave digger is in the end. The sign says Lenin. Photo: