Dead world leaders on display

2013-03-08 12:01
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Dead world leaders on show

It's not uncommon for the embalmed bodies to communist leaders to be displayed. See pictures from mausoleums around the world.

Following is a list of world leaders whose bodies have been preserved and put on perpetual display, as Venezuela's government plans to do with Hugo Chavez:

Vladimir Lenin: The body of Soviet Union's founder has been displayed since January 1924 in a mausoleum at Red Square. His tomb is one of Moscow's most famous symbols and Communists consider it almost a shrine. The embalmment for display is considered the model for subsequent Communist world leaders put on exhibit.

Josef Stalin: The Soviet dictator's embalmed body was put on display next to Lenin on 9 March 1953. Soviet authorities ordered it removed from the tomb on 31 October 1961, and had it buried during a period of "de-Stalinisation".

Ho Chi Minh: The corpse of the Vietnamese revolutionary leader was put on display on 29 August 1975. It rests in a glass sarcophagus in the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum in Hanoi and is a popular destination for tourists.

Mao Zedong: The embalmed body of the founding father of the People's Republic of China was unveiled on 9 September 1977. It rests in the Chairman Mao Memorial Hall in the centre of Tiananmen Square in Beijing. Long lines of people form daily to view the man commonly known as Chairman Mao.

Kim Il-Sung: The preserved body of the man considered the founding father of North Korea was unveiled on 8 July 1995. It lies under glass for viewing purposes in the Kumsusan mausoleum, a cavernous former presidential palace.

Kim Jong-Il: The leader's body, still in his trademark khaki jumpsuit, was unveiled on 17 December 2012, the anniversary of his death. It rests a few floors below the body of his father, Kim Il-Sung, in the Kumsusan mausoleum.

- AP
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