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Lenin’s Mausoleum

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The body of Lenin was embalmed after his death in 1924. This mausoleum in which it is possible to view his body was designed by Aleksey Shchusev. It is built of a pyramid of cubes cut from red granite and black labrodorite. Also buried here are Yurity Gagarin (first man in space) and American writer John Reed who is honored as the author of the Ten Days that Shook the World (an account of the October Revolution). Rumours have it that parts or all of Lenin’s body has been replaced by wax substitues. Too creepy. We passed on viewing the body.


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