Vladimir Putin: Lenin Screwed up — Created “Time Bomb” Under Russia with Divisions Along Ethnic Lines

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Vladimir Putin
Vladimir Putin

Vladimir Putin accuses Lenin of placing a ‘time bomb’ under Russia

Vladimir Putin has denounced Lenin and his Bolshevik government for their brutal repressions and accused him of having placed a “time bomb” under the state. The criticism of Lenin, who is still revered by communists and many others in Russia, is unusual for the Russian president, who in the past carefully weighed his comments about the nation’s history to avoid alienating some voters. At the same time, he signalled that the government had no intention of taking Lenin’s body out of his Red Square tomb, warning against “any steps that would divide society”.