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Federal Guard Service confirms drunk tried to break into Lenin’s tomb

He was detained by law enforcement officers

MOSCOW, February 6. /TASS/. A heavily inebriated individual was taken into custody after he trespassed on to Lenin’s mausoleum on Red Square, Head of the Communications Department at the Federal Guard Service, Denis Simonov, confirmed to TASS on Monday.

According to him, "public order was violated - a man showing signs of heavy alcoholic intoxication tried to step over the chain barrier in front of the mausoleum," and was detained by law enforcement officers.

Earlier, a law enforcement source told TASS that an inebriated man had been taken into custody for trying to steal Vladimir Lenin's body from the namesake mausoleum on Red Square.

"The incident took place overnight to February 6. A man was detained when he tried to break into the mausoleum, where Vladimir Lenin's body lies, and steal it. The individual in custody was later discovered to have been intoxicated," the source said.

According to him, an ambulance was called to the scene. The medics determined that the man had an alcohol-induced psychiatric disorder.

Lenin’s mausoleum is open for visitors from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Moscow time on Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday. Red Square was open for the visitors when this incident occurred.