After Leninís death in
1924 the communist party members decided to have the
body of the ďLeader of the Great October revolutionĒ
embalmed and placed into a crystal sarcophagus inside a
Mausoleum for public display despite the protests of
Leninís relatives against this blasphemous form of
burial. The present Leninís tomb built by architect A.
Shchusev in 1930 represents three-level pyramid tiled
with dark-red granite, porphyry and black labradorite.
For over 50 years the Mausoleum was used as a tribune
for the party leaders to greet the parades on the
biggest holidays. In recent years there have been
debates about removing Lenin's body from the tomb and
burying it in the ground in keeping with Orthodox