There is no intention to remove the body of former Bolshevik revolutionary Vladimir Lenin from his mausoleum on Red Square, and such a move won’t take place in the foreseeable future, the Kremlin has revealed.
Speaking on Monday, Russian presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov said there are “no such plans” to relocate the corpse of the former leader of the USSR. The Kremlin press secretary was speaking two days after the 30th anniversary of the Soviet collapse in 1991.
Completed in 1930, Lenin’s Mausoleum sits next to the Kremlin wall on Red Square and is one of the country’s most famous tourist attractions. Lenin, whose real name was Vladimir Ulyanov, was the founding father of the Soviet Union. Following his death in 1924, his body was embalmed to preserve it for public display.
The status of Lenin’s corpse is regularly discussed in Russian media and is commonly brought up by political figures who wish to remove him from his place of prominence in the center of Moscow. However, according to Peskov, there are many more pressing matters.