Jun 5, 2008
Well not really, yahoonews: The embalmed body of Lenin should be moved from Red Square and buried, Gorbachev said on Wednesday. Lenin died on January 21, 1924 and despite the pleas of relatives, his body was embalmed and placed in a mausoleum on Red Square in the shadow of the Kremlin walls. His body is still on public display. Opponents say the ghosts of the USSR should be put to rest and that Lenin, an atheist known by his patronymic, Ilych, be given a proper burial.
"My view is as follows -- we should not be occupied right now with grave digging. But we will necessarily come to a time when the mausoleum will have lost its meaning and we will bury Ilych, give him up to the earth as his family had wanted," Gorbachev told reporters. "I think the time will come ... it will happen."