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Russia to spend some $200,000 on Lenin body preservation in 2016

April 12, 21:45 UTC+3 MOSCOW
The body of Bolshevik Revolution leader Vladimir Lenin has been on display in the Mausoleum on Red Square in central Moscow for over 90 years
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MOSCOW, April 12. /TASS/. The Russian Federal Protection Service (FSO) is planning to spend more than 13 million rubles (some $200,000) in 2016 on the preservation of the embalmed body of Bolshevik Revolution leader Vladimir Lenin, on display in the Mausoleum on Red Square for over 90 years, a FSO spokesman said on Tuesday.

A laboratory of medical and biological structures of the All-Russia Research Institute of Medicinal Plants founded in 1924 shortly after his death is responsible for maintaining Lenin's corpse.

Its employees worked to preserve the body in 1941 when it was evacuated to the Siberian city of Tyumen amid fears that Moscow could have been captured by German troops.

The Moscow laboratory also helped to embalm the bodies of Bulgaria’s Georgi Dimitrov in 1949, Vietnam’s Ho Chi Minh in 1969, North Korea’s Kim Il-sung in 1994 and other Communist leaders.

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