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Lenin’s Mausoleum Reopens To Visitors

The mausoleum holding the remains of Soviet founder Vladimir Lenin reopened to visitors on May 15 after it was closed for renovation in December. Lenin's body stayed inside the tomb on Red Square while the repairs took place under the cover of a protective temporary "cupola." These archival photographs show some of the key moments in the mausoleum's history.

Pallbearers carry Lenin's casket.
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Pallbearers carry Lenin's casket.

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Multiple rocket launchers roll through Red Square in June 1945, weeks after the end of World War II in Europe.
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Multiple rocket launchers roll through Red Square in June 1945, weeks after the end of World War II in Europe.

After Stalin's body was removed from the Red Square mausoleum, the stone block with the inscription "Lenin-Stalin" was moved to the outskirts of Moscow.
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After Stalin's body was removed from the Red Square mausoleum, the stone block with the inscription "Lenin-Stalin" was moved to the outskirts of Moscow.

Lenin's embalmed body on display in 1993.
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Lenin's embalmed body on display in 1993.

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