De-Leninization and the Conversion of Russia
"We already have a tradition of removing the garbage that has accumulated over the winter, so it is reasonable to broaden that activity to include monuments and signs that bear the name of that monster," said Archpriest Dmitri Smirnov, head of the Moscow Patriarchate Department for Relations with the Armed Forces — Moscow Patriarchate Wants Days Set Aside to Cleanse Russia of the 'Monster' Lenin. More:
- Smirnov's iconoclastic fury is not total though. He would spare those effigies with the "monster's face" that have a certain artistic value. "They could be put in a museum [. . .], preferably in an open-air space so that they could be worn down by time."
Russia "never had a monster like him before," the priest said. For this reason, it must cleanse itself "of his name and those of his evil aides" the way Germany removed the name of Hitler and his acolytes.
In order to "de-intoxicate the spiritual climate" of the country, Smirnov would also remove Bolshevik names from all the streets and cities of Russia.