Putin blames Lenin for the Soviet Union collapse

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Russian President Vladimir Putin fastened the blame for the collapse of the Soviet Union on Vladimir Lenin.

“There was a lot of thinking: autonomy, and such. They have planted an atomic bomb under the building called Russia, so it exploded. And for the world revolution – we did not need that,” – said Putin at a meeting of the Presidential Council for Science and Education.

The President spoke about Lenin in response to the speech of the head of the Kurchatov Institute Mikhail Kovalchuk, who quoted a Boris Pasternak’s poem “High disease”. The poem says about Lenin, and contains the following lines: “He managed the flow of thoughts, and the country as follows”. Kovalchuk suggested to find “such organizations in science that can manage the flow of thought in a particular direction”.

“To manage the flow of thoughts – this is all right, it is only necessary that the thought leads to the right result, but not as Vladimir Lenin’s. Ultimately, his thought has led to the collapse of the Soviet Union,” – said Putin.

In his message to the Federal Assembly in 2005 Vladimir Putin called the collapse of the Soviet Union “the greatest geopolitical catastrophe of the century”.

Source: meduza.io