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In an effort to keep Vladimir Lenin looking pristine, scientists have been replacing his biological matter with plastic

Ian Harvey

Plastic surgery is a surgical procedure to keep oneself looking young, but now it’s a procedure to keep Vladimir Lenin looking pristine. Replacement of his skin with plastic is keeping him looking young and intact. The mausoleum that contains the dictator’s remains is closed for improvements to the dictator, who has turned 145 years old. In an effort to keep him in the same condition, scientists have been replacing his biological matter with plastic.

Photograph of Lenin taken in Switzerland in 1916, during his exile in the country.

The Scientific American reported that the Soviet Founder was undergoing plastic preservation. The team tasked with ensuring the maintenance of Lenin’s remains recently closed off access to the mausoleum for the operation. Vladimir Lenin, who died in 1924, was having his remains undergo preservation techniques to maintain his look and feel. The team concerned with the preservation of his current biological matter has seen Lenin replaced bit by bit. This has meant discarding the degradable organic remains for something longer lasting in an effort to preserve the founder of Marxist-Leninism.

The Soviet Union’s former ruler is now sporting new fake eyelashes. The idea is to replace his organic items with the non-degradable matter. This is different from mummification, an expert noted. The Scientific American states that he has had his body-fat replaced with suitable chemicals to keep him looking fresh.

Lenin Mausoleum Photo Credit
Lenin Mausoleum Photo Credit

The job of maintaining the Russian leader has seen as many as 200 experts taking on the maintenance job, and it is one that has kept them on their toes since the 1950s through to the 1980s. The embalmed remains have to have a chemical bath every alternating year, Fox News reported.

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Though many experts have an exhausting job maintaining his remains, statues of the dictator have been the subject of protests. In Eastern Ukraine protesters directed their frustrations against the former Soviet state to his likenesses. They did so by destroying two of the former founders’ statutes. Lenin is still a popular figure even this long after his demise – pieces of his statues have been seen auctioned off.

Ian Harvey

Ian Harvey is one of the authors writing for The Vintage News