Participant of the reburial of Stalin called the date of removal of Lenin from the mausoleum

He believes that several decades will pass

Former officer of the Kremlin regiment Vladlen Gurkovsky, who in 1961 participated in the reburial of the body of Joseph Stalin, said that the body of Vladimir Ilyich Lenin would be taken out of the mausoleum and interred after the last generation that was brought up in the Soviet Union leaves.

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“I won’t, the people who went to the Mausoleum, saw Lenin, respected him, won’t – then they will do it. Another 50 years or so should pass,” he said in an interview with

At the same time, Gurkovsky believes that now there is no need to stir up this topic, since there are still communists who sincerely believe in the ideas of Lenin.

At the same time, the interlocutor of the publication called the burial of Stalin’s body “another matter” and noted that his father suffered from repression and was under investigation for two and a half years.

In 1961 Stalin's body, which after the death of the Soviet leader in 1953 was placed in a mausoleum, was reburied at the memorial cemetery near the walls of the Kremlin.

Gurkovsky, who at that time held the post of assistant chief of the guard, directly controlled the process of reburial.


Earlier, Moscow City Duma deputy Sergei Mitrokhin called for the removal of Lenin's body from the mausoleum, as he, in his opinion, played a negative role in the history of Russia.


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