The Kremlin has made it understood that the question of burying Soviet leader Vladimir Lenin is one that does need to be decided on. "It is possible to bury Lenin's embalmed body," a high-ranking presidential administration source reported. However, this source did make it clear that the Kremlin does not regard this as a priority or pressing issue. "The question will probably be decided, but not now," Interfax cites the source as saying.
Lenin died in 1924, and his embalmed body has since lain in the mausoleum on Red Square, Moscow. During World War II, it was evacuated to Tyumen, Siberia, where it remained for 1,360 days. Between 1953 and 1961, the mausoleum was also the resting place of another Soviet leader, Joseph Stalin. However, following the 20th congress of the Soviet Communist party that denounced Stalin's cult of personality, the dictator's own embalmed body was interred.
It is important to note that two weeks ago Pravda.ru stressed that Kremlin was carefully raising the question of Lenin’s burial, probing public opinion.