Putin says communism comes from the Bible, compares Lenin to a saint

But Putin argues that like Christianity, communism preaches “freedom, brotherhood, equality.” He called the Moral Code of the Builder of Communism, a pamphlet of guiding principles for all party members, a “primitive excerpt from the Bible.”

In ritual too, Putin argued, Lenin and his cohorts borrowed from church practices, though it was unclear if he thought this was a conscious or intuitive effort.

“Lenin was laid down in a mausoleum,” Putin reminded his interviewer. “How does this differ to the remains of saints for the Orthodox or even for Christians in general?”