Lenin's monument is loaded onto a truck after being toppled in Lithuania, Aug. 23, 1991.
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Religious leaders have denounced
Russia's 1917 communist revolution as a “Western plot” to
destroy the country.
The Russian Orthodox Church Outside of
Russia (ROCOR), an autonomous branch of the Russian Orthodox Church, claimed that Russian elites brain-washed by
“Westernism” plunged Russia into political turmoil.
“[Western-educated elites] pushed
Russia into the abyss with suicidal persistence,” the
ROCOR bishops' synod said in a statement. “They persuaded the
Russian people to renounce their faith, their king and their
The church also called for the body of
Soviet leader Vladimir Lenin to be removed from Moscow's Red Square
as “a symbol of reconciliation” to mark 100 years since the
It said Moscow should be “liberated”
from the body of “the greatest persecutor and tormentor of the
The church isn't alone in suspecting the 1917 revolutions were part of a western plot. In an online poll conducted by Russia's Komsomolkaya Pravda newspaper, 32.7 percent of respondents said they believed that Western agents were the main cause of the 1917 February revolution, which triggered the abdication of Tsar Nicholas II.
A further 27. 7 percent said that
“ordinary people had grown tired of autocrats,” while 15.7
percent blamed the country's intelligentsia.