Russia will spend about $200,000 maintaining Vladimir Lenin’s corpse this year. Maintenance includes bathing the body in chemicals and occasionally replacing parts.
In 1991 a fake Russian tv program on Leningrad tv convinced many citizens that Lenin consumed a lot of psychedelic mushrooms, eventually even becoming a mushroom himself. The Leningrad communist party had to declare that”Lenin could not have been a mushroom” because “a mammal can not be a plant”.
Because the Russians did such a great job embalming Lenin, the Vietnamese flew Ho Chi Minh’s corpse to Russia once a year for a “refresh.”