It’s that time again. Every year at the end of January, Russians start debating whether they want to keep the founder of the Soviet Union hanging out in a mausoleum in the middle of Moscow’s Red Square, looking more or less the same as the day he died. Now, some members of the Russian parliament have launched a poll to see whether it’s time to finally bury Lenin. Voting is on-going, but so far there’s strong support for getting the guy into the ground. From the BBC:
Of more than 250,000 people who have voted in the poll, two-thirds so far say Lenin should now be buried.
The revolutionary leader’s embalmed body has been on display in a mausoleum in Red Square in Moscow since his death in 1924.
The debate about what to with his body resurfaces with every anniversary of his death – on 21 January 1924.
For more, check out my earlier post on Lenin and other deceased despots. You can also see a picture of Lenin’s corpse as a cake, if that’s something you’re interested in seeing. (He has also been honored with a turnip.)
Burying Lenin is not a simple task. Boris Yeltsin already tried to do it twice, but was defeated by old-guard Communists, and by the Russian Orthodox Church – who don’t exactly want a life-long atheist on their hands.
Here’s a question for all you awesome science nerds: with that many embalming chemicals clinging to his body, would Lenin ever decompose?