Jan 21, 2009

Whoa Mummy

There are definitely some Muscovites who woke up this morning, looked outside, and decided to go back to bed and sleep it off. But no, it's really true, Moscow was invaded today by the living dead. About fifty people dressed as mummies marched towards Red Square carrying cardboard coffins labeled Lenin. According to RIA Novosti, about 2/3rds of Russians believe that Lenin's body should be removed from his mausoleum and laid to rest. The Moscow Patriarchate has been calling for just that since 1999, but in a much less hilarious and therefore less effective fashion.

This undead protest comes on the 85th anniversary of Lenin's death and subsequent display at the mausoleum. Interestingly, Lenin and his wife had both been against a fancy funeral and (arguably, if he had thought it was possible Stalin would do it Lenin would've...although he's not rolling in his grave yuk yuk yuk, my apologies) Lenin's wife seriously objected to the embalming and showcasing of his remains.

My question is, if Russia buries him, how are we going to continue making jokes (and Russians poems) about how Lenin is really alive and oversees everything at night? Also, in this economy and with the decrease of entombed bodies on display in Russia, what are the guys who have been upkeeping Lenin's physique going to do?

4 comments:

Pirates(and)Diplomats said...

"Lenin's Embalmers," by Ilya Zbarsky was one of the best books I ever read.

More than you ever wanted to know about what's left of Lenin, and all the conspiracy theories.

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