Doug Stanglin, who writes for On Deadline, is an unrepentant news junkie who has been known to watch C-SPAN on vacation. He has covered a wide range of news stories and previously was foreign editor.
Putin's remarks, on the 92nd anniversary of Lenin's death, came during a meeting of the
"Letting your rule be guided by thoughts is right, but only when that idea leads to the right results, not like it did with Vladimir Ilyich,” Putin responded. "In the end that idea led to the fall of the Soviet Union.”
"There were many such ideas as providing regions with autonomy and others," he said. "They planted an atomic bomb under the building that is called Russia which later exploded. We did not need a global revolution.”
Putin has in the past famously described the fall of the Soviet Union as the "greatest geopolitical catastrophe of the twentieth century,” The Moscow Times notes.
Peskov also said the comments did not signal any change over periodic calls for the removal of Lenin's body from a mausoleum in Red Square.
After the fall of the
Lenin is no longer a revered, untouchable figure in Russia — there is even a Lenin impersonator who works Red Square. But he is still admired by the small but politically outspoken