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Zyuganov, Communists Honor Lenin on 126th Anniversary of Birth

April 22, 1996

MOSCOW (AP) _ Communist Party leader Gennady Zyuganov, the front-running candidate for Russia’s presidency, visited Lenin’s tomb today to honor the Soviet founder on the 126th anniversary of his birth.

Zyuganov was one of a few hundred communists to pay homage at the Red Square mausoleum where Lenin’s mummified body lies under glass.

Afterwards, he laid flowers at the nearby equestrian monument to Marshal Georgy Zhukov, the World War II general.

``Every cultured person″ should mark Lenin’s birthday, Zyuganov told the NTV network on Sunday night.

Many in the mainly elderly crowd of admirers at Lenin’s tomb today carried flowers and red Soviet flags.

Lenin led the Bolshevik Revolution in 1917 and formally led the Soviet Union until his death in 1924.

Since the 1991 Soviet collapse, Lenin’s reputation has been in eclipse, but the revamped Communists _ who continue to admire him _ have rebounded politically. They now dominate parliament and polls show Zyuganov ahead of President Boris Yeltsin and other candidates for June’s presidential elections.

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