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Lenin's mummy and it wears custom-made suits


The body of Vladimir Lenin, the leader of the Great October Revolution, will be left without a new suit this year due to
the economic problems in Russia . Leninís clothes have not been changed after two months of prophylactic measures,
although there is a strong need to have the mummy displayed in new clothes, The Trud newspaper wrote.
Lenin has been wearing the army type jacket for 17 years as his mummified body was resting in the Mausoleum on
Red Square . His clothes need to be changed once in three years. Most recent change of Leninís suit took place in
2003.
The funding is hardly enough for embalming activities, specialists of Leninís Tomb complain. ďThe state has not been
assigning anything since 1992. We live at the expense of the Leninís Tomb Fund. Then there is this crisis going on,Ē
an embalmer said.
Leninís body is dressed in expensive custom-made suits made of Swiss lustrine Ė the fabric, which Vladimir Lenin
preferred when he was alive. The suit has a modern cut, which is still popular nowadays in menís fashion.If specialists do not change the suit during the prophylactic works, they steam-clean and press it thoroughly: a slight speck of dirt can ruin the embalming effect.
Leninís mummy has been exposed to biochemical treatment this year. It was placed in the bathtub filled with the solution of herbs that produce the embalming effect. ďThis is a unique technology. It will help the body keep up its
shape for some 100 years,Ē an embalmer said.
Leninís Tomb opened its doors for the general public again on April 18. Russia will mark the 139th anniversary of
Leninís birthday on April 22. A visitor is first shown to the check point in the Tomb, where they will have to leave photo and video cameras, cell phones, large metal items and any types of drinks. Visitors are not allowed to either eat or
drink during the viewing.
Men are supposed to remove hats. It is not allowed to keep oneís hands in their pockets during the viewing either.