RUSSIA: Kremlin Waxworks

Among morticians, the mummification of Vladimir Ilyich Lenin has always been something of a mystery. By the time Soviet Embalmers Zbarsky and Vorobyev got to work, the body of the Russian revolutionary leader (who died in 1924) was already a decaying cadaver with brain missing and arteries cut, the result of an autopsy performed to prove that he had not been poisoned by Stalin. But Zbarsky and Vorobyev, employing secret methods, restored the corpse so that in the next 15 years millions of faithful Communists were able to file reverently past Lenin's body as it lay under a glass...

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