MOSCOW – A fallen statue of former Russian leader Vladimir Lenin was embalmed and put on display in Red Square on Monday, Reuters is reporting.
The statue, having fallen in a small town in Ukraine and returned to Moscow by citizens loyal to the Russian government, had its internal stone removed and was then carefully embalmed. Experts say the statue could stay intact – if untouched – for a few centuries if not millennia.
“The statues of Lenin are key figures in our lauded history – symbols of Soviet superiority – and ought to remain in our hearts and minds forever,” a Kremlin statement read.
Masses reportedly made their way to the square today to view the fallen statue and pay their respects.