24 History of Lenin’s Mausoleum

History of Lenin’s Mausoleum

Posted on March 27, 2007 by

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Probably all of us have heard of the Lenin’s Mausoleum, a structure placed in the middle of the Red Square right to the Kremlin.

There is a Lenin’s body inside, conserved and set for display.

But it was not the same through all the Soviet Era. First it was designed as on the picture above.

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But Soviet State at that time didn’t have probably enough resources to build it from red granite and decided to build it from wood.

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So at first it was made of wood.


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24 Responses to “History of Lenin’s Mausoleum”

  1. Finnish-Jewish Commie Buddhistic Gay Alcoholics Online says:

    I wanna lay in this Mausoleum too.

  2. Truqui says:

    “There is a Lenin’s body inside, conserved and set for display”

    So…how many Lenin’s bodies are?

      • mo says:

        There were 5 actually, although 2 were lost in WW2 during transportation, and 1 was sold to the North Korean for study and back-engineering (they were working on their version of the Great Leader Mummy at the time too).

        1 of the remaining 2 bodies should have been leased to the Vietnamese to study and prepare their Ho Chi Minh mummy, but China broke this deal by offering a higher price.

        So the last of the 5 bodies now lies in the mausoleum.

  3. Etienne says:

    Interesting visual timeline. To the submitter of these stories, i say keep up the good work! Love this website!

  4. yoda31419 says:

    What did they do with Stalin’s body?

  5. Marius says:

    yoda31419, it was removed from the Mausoleum later

    • yoda31419 says:

      Is it in another mausoleum type structure or a normal grave site?

      • moomee says:

        It is now buried behind the mausoleum.

        • MAEfimov says:

          Yeah! Now it placed in the Kremlin wall behind the Mausoleum. There are many graves in the Kremlin wall. Bad place for graving I think…

          • Papa Karlo says:

            No, Stalin is buried not in the wall, but in the graveyard which is between the wall and the Mausoleum. They stopped burying anybody in the wall at some point (Wikipedia has this information). In 2016 there was an event when Russian communists brought flowers to Stalin’s tomb in large numbers, and the photos are in the Internet, so you can clearly see his tomb and its surroundings.

  6. Boris Abramov says:

    They barbequed and fed him to the poor…….of cource.

  7. Boris Abramov says:

    It would be a good replacement for Texas1’s sheep….Meeeeehh

  8. Michael Von Brah says:

    Built it out of wood LOL what a joke

  9. aussie says:

    From what I remember from my reading about this, the wooden mausoleum was built in order that they would have something to house the body in for the ensuing mourning. The construction of a stone tomb would have taken signficantly longer than the construction in wood so it is only natural wood would be used in the interim.

  10. Nick says:

    I have been to the tomb. It is a quick trip inside to see the body. Reddish beard and somewhat dried, waxy face. Nothing to dramatic to see. No cameras allowed of course.

  11. tianxing says:


  12. Jim-Bob says:

    It’s an interesting piece of history, and I am glad it was not destroyed with the fall of the USSR. The man was a monster, to be sure, but history should never be destroyed so that we may never be allowed to forget the horrors Lenin brought to the Russian people.

  13. DouglasUrantia says:

    Tear it down and put some fast food joint in it’s place. How about a McDonald’s or Foster Freeze.

  14. Papa Karlo says:

    They built it from wood so that it could be built quickly.

    It should be mentioned, that Soviet Union and now Russia has been spending ridiculous amount of budget money on sustaining this pagan abomination. There was, and most likely still is, a whole “Research institute” solely dedicated to preserving this rotten corpse… However not very successfully. My grandmother remembered it exposed full-body, from shoes to the head. Then my mother saw it covered to the waist, so that you could only see the hands and the head. When I saw it in 1970s, the hands must have rotten away, so only the head was exposed. But they will probably keep it even if they have to replace it with a plastic copy, just so that they can waste people’s money on further “preserving” it.
    They spent tens of years studying his brain, trying to prove that it was somehow superior to that of an ordinary man. Then they had to admit that his brain was no different than that of any other criminal, and never published the results out of embarrassment.

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