Lenin’s Mausoleum

by Olga on January 23, 2011

It’s not for the first time when the question of burying Lenin was raised again in January on the eve of the Lenin’s death anniversary. He died on January 21, 1924, but was not buried according to his wish next to his mother in St. Petersburg. The body was embalmed in a special way to be shown to all wishing to take a look at the leader of October Revolution and Soviet Union founder.

first mausoleum

The first mausoleum built in 1924


The second mausoleum (1924).

mausoleum by Evzerikhin

Photo by E.Evzerikhin


Photo by E.Evzerikhin



The third and the last mausoleum was built in 1930 by A.Schusev. By the way, he built a lot of churches, including that one in Sts. Mary and Martha Convent of Mercy, I recently told you about.

What would you say if to ask you, would you like to be shown for 87 years after your death to everybody, who wants to look at you for curiosity or even respect?

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Richard Lowery January 24, 2011 at 3:45 am

I’d think that the subject is still controversial –denying the man his last wish
to be buried in St. Piter next to his mother vs. his undying attraction either
from curiosity or reverence.


Olga January 24, 2011 at 9:41 pm

I’m against curiosity of this kind, I’m for burial.

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