Soviet symbol revival effort falls short
April 2, 1997
Web postedat: 10:50 p.m. EST (0350 GMT)
MOSCOW (CNN) -- Communists in the Russian parliament failed
Wednesday to resurrect the Soviet-era red flag, hammer and
sickle and anthem as Russia's state symbols. The attempt
failed in the lower house, or State Duma.
After the Soviet Union was dissolved in 1991, Russian
President Boris Yeltsin replaced the Soviet symbols with
symbols from the pre-Soviet era, including a flag of red,
white and blue. But parliament has never approved the
changes, and many Communist lawmakers refuse to acknowledge
the new symbols as legitimate.
Also Wednesday, Communist lawmakers approved a nonbinding
resolution opposing any attempt to bury the embalmed body of
Bolshevik leader Vladimir Lenin, which has been on display in
Red Square since his death in 1924. Yeltsin has pushed to
bury the body, but taken no action.
Reuters contributed to this report.
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