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Some Wanted to Freeze Lenin’s Body for Resuscitation – 1924

Some Wanted to Freeze Lenin’s Body for Resuscitation – 1924

Supposedly, even the necessary equipment for the cryonic freezing of Lenin’s body was acquired.

Vladimir Ilyich Ulyanov, known under the nickname Lenin, died on this day in 1924 at 18:50 at Moscow time. He died at the age of 53, from a series of strokes. Namely, he suffered the first stroke back in 1922 and was not able to speak for weeks. When he recovered, he dictated to his wife Nadezhda a testament in which he, among other things, warned about the threat posed by Stalin. The second stroke in 1922 paralyzed Lenin’s right side and forced him to retire from politics.

In March 1923, Lenin suffered a third stroke after which he vas not able to speak or leave his bed until he died nine months later. Three days after his death, the city of Petrograd was renamed Leningrad. Lenin’s body was embalmed and exhibited in a mausoleum on the Red Square in Moscow. There existed some interesting suggestions for his body to be frozen and preserved for future resuscitation, but that was declined despite the fact that the necessary equipment was supposedly acquired. Some recent theories speculate that the cause of Lenin’s death was actually an advance state of syphilis, but there is no conclusive evidence of that yet.

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