Kremlin Wall Necropolis

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Tombs of Suslov, Stalin, Kalinin, Dzerzhinsky, Brezhnev in front of the Moscow Kremlin Wall. Tomb of Yuri Andropov, which stands between Kalinin's and Dzerzhinsky's, is obstructed by trees. The mausoleum is immediately to the right. Russia-Moscow-Graves near and in Kremlin Wall.jpg
Tombs of Suslov, Stalin, Kalinin, Dzerzhinsky, Brezhnev in front of the Moscow Kremlin Wall. Tomb of Yuri Andropov, which stands between Kalinin's and Dzerzhinsky's, is obstructed by trees. The mausoleum is immediately to the right.

The Kremlin Wall Necropolis was the national cemetery for the Soviet Union. [1] Burials in the Kremlin Wall Necropolis in Moscow began in November 1917, when 240 pro-Bolshevik victims of the October Revolution in Moscow were buried in mass graves at Red Square. The improvised burial site gradually transformed into the centerpiece of military and civilian honor during the Second World War. It is centered on both sides of Lenin's Mausoleum, initially built in wood in 1924 and rebuilt in granite in 1929–1930. After the last mass burial made in 1921, funerals in Red Square were usually conducted as state ceremonies and reserved as the last honor for highly venerated politicians, military leaders, cosmonauts, and scientists. In 1925–1927, burials in the ground were stopped; funerals were now conducted as burials of cremated ash in the Kremlin wall itself. Burials in the ground began with Mikhail Kalinin's funeral in 1946.

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The Kremlin Wall was the de facto resting place of the Soviet Union's deceased national icons. Burial there was a status symbol among Soviet citizens. The practice of burying dignitaries at Red Square ended with the funeral of General Secretary Konstantin Chernenko in March 1985. The Kremlin Wall Necropolis was designated a protected landmark in 1974. After the dissolution of the Soviet Union, citizens of the Russian Federation and satellite states of the USSR continue to pay their respects to the national heroes at the Kremlin Wall.

Site

As recently as 1800, the site of the Necropolis was a boggy moat spanned with stone bridges. Moscow Kremlin, Moat by Nikolskaya tower, 1800.jpg
As recently as 1800, the site of the Necropolis was a boggy moat spanned with stone bridges.

The eastern segment of the Kremlin wall, and Red Square behind it, emerged on its present site in the 15th century, during the reign of Ivan III; [2] the wall and the square were separated with a wide defensive moat filled with water diverted from the Neglinnaya River. The moat was lined with a secondary fortress wall, and spanned by three bridges connecting the Kremlin to the posad. From 1707 to 1708 Peter the Great, expecting a Swedish incursion deep into the Russian mainland, restored the moat around the Kremlin, cleared Red Square and built earthen fortifications around Nikolskaya and Spasskaya towers. From 1776 to 1787 Matvey Kazakov built the Kremlin Senate that today provides a backdrop for the present-day Necropolis. [3]

Throughout the 18th century the unused, neglected fortifications deteriorated and were not properly repaired until the 1801 coronation of Alexander I. In one season the moat with bridges and adjacent buildings was replaced with a clean span of paved square. [4] [5] More reconstruction followed in the 19th century. [3] The stretch of Kremlin wall south from Senate Tower was badly damaged in 1812 by the explosion at the Kremlin Arsenal set off by the retreating French troops. Nikolskaya tower lost its gothic crown which was erected in 1807–1808; Arsenalnaya tower developed deep cracks, leading to Joseph Bove proposing in 1813 the outright demolition of the towers to prevent the wall's imminent collapse. [3] Eventually, the main structures of the towers were deemed sound enough to be left in place, and were topped with new tented roofs designed by Bove. Peter's bastions were razed (creating space for nearby Alexander Garden and Theatre Square), [6] The Kremlin wall facing Red Square was rebuilt shallower than before, and acquired its present shape in the 1820s. [7]

Timeline of burials in Red Square
Ivan YakubovskySoyuz 11Sergei KirovDmitry UstinovGeorgy ZhukovSergey KamenevStalinLeonid BrezhnevKonstantin ChernenkoStalinAndrey ZhdanovMikhail KalininPyotr VoykovYakov SverdlovOctober RevolutionKremlin Wall Necropolis

Burials from 1917 to 1927

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Red Square Mass Graves

Between the 1917 October Revolution and June 1927, the area outside the Kremlin wall between the Senate and Nikolskaya towers was used for mass and individual burials of people who had to some extent contributed to the socialist revolution or the Bolshevik cause. This included ordinary soldiers killed in battle, victims of the Civil War, militia men fallen in fighting anti-Bolsheviks and noted Bolshevik politicians as well as individuals associated with creating the new Soviet society. Today the burials of the 1917–1927 period are organized into 15 landscaped grave sites with the names of the buried inscribed on black marble tablets.

Mass graves of 1917

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10 November 1917. Mass grave on Red Square
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27 July 2016. Mass grave on Red Square

In July 1917, hundreds of soldiers of the Russian Northern Front were arrested for mutiny and desertion and locked up in Daugavpils (then Dvinsk) fortress. Later, 869 Dvinsk inmates were transported to Moscow. Here, the jailed soldiers launched a hunger strike; public support for them threatened to develop into a citywide riot. On 22 September 593 inmates were released; the rest were left behind bars until the October Revolution. The released soldiers, collectively called Dvintsy, stayed in the city as a cohesive unit, based in Zamoskvorechye District and openly hostile to the ruling Provisional Government. Immediately after the October Revolution in Saint Petersburg, Dvintsy became the strike force of the Bolsheviks in Moscow. Late at night of 27–28 October a detachment of around two hundred men marching north to Tverskaya Street confronted the loyalist forces near the State Historical Museum on the Red Square. In the fighting 70 of the Dvintsy, including their company commander Sapunov, were killed at the barricades.

On the following day the loyalists, led by Colonel Konstantin Ryabtsev, succeeded in taking over the Kremlin. They gunned down the surrendered Red soldiers at the Kremlin Arsenal wall. More Red soldiers were killed as the Bolsheviks stormed the Kremlin, finally taking control on the night of 2–3 November. Street fighting settled down after claiming nearly a thousand lives, [9] and on 4 November the new Bolshevik administration decreed their dead would be buried at Red Square next to the Kremlin Wall, where indeed most of them were killed.

Voices reached us across the immense place, and the sound of picks and shovels. We crossed over. Mountains of dirt and rock were piled high near the base of the wall. Climbing these we looked down into two massive pits, ten or fifteen feet deep and fifty yards long, where hundreds of soldiers and workers were digging in the light of huge fires. A young student spoke to us in German. “The Brotherhood Grave,” he explained.
John Reed, Ten Days that Shook the World . [10]

A total of 238 dead were buried in the mass graves between Senate and Nikolskaya towers in a public funeral on November 10 [11] (John Reed incorrectly mentions 500); [10] two more victims were buried on the 14 and 17 of November. The youngest, Pavel Andreyev, was 14 years old. Of 240 pro-revolution martyrs of the October–November fighting only 20, including 12 of the Dvintsy, are identified in the official listing of the Moscow Heritage Commission. [12] As of March 2009, three Moscow streets remain named after these individual victims, [13] as well as Dvintsev Street named after the Dvintsy force.[ citation needed ]

The loyalists secured a permit to publicly bury their dead on 13 November. This funeral started at the old Moscow State University building near Kremlin; thirty-seven dead were interred at the Vsekhsvyatskoye cemetery (now demolished) in then suburban Sokol District. [14]

Burials of 1918–1927

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Red Square Mass Grave No. 4
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Red Square Mass Grave No. 5, inscriptions for Inessa Armand, John Reed, Ivan Rusakov and Semyon Pekalov
Red Square Mass Grave No. 13, inscriptions for Ivan Zhilin, Ivan Konstantinov, Valerian Abakovsky and John Freeman Kremlin Wall Necropolis - Mass Grave No. 13 - Zhilin - Konstantinov - Abakovsky - Freeman.jpg
Red Square Mass Grave No. 13, inscriptions for Ivan Zhilin, Ivan Konstantinov, Valerian Abakovsky and John Freeman

Mass and individual burials in the ground under the Kremlin wall continued until the funeral of Pyotr Voykov in June 1927. In the first years of the Soviet regime, the honor of being buried on Red Square was extended to ordinary soldiers, Civil War victims, and Moscow militia men killed in clashes with anti-Bolsheviks (March–April 1918). In January 1918, the Red Guards buried the victims of a terrorist bombing in Dorogomilovo. In the same January White Guards fired on a pro-Bolshevik street rally; the eight victims were also buried under the Kremlin wall. [15]

The largest single burial occurred in 1919. On 25 September anarchists led by former socialist revolutionary Donat Cherepanov set off an explosion in a Communist Party school building in Leontyevsky Lane when Moscow party chief Vladimir Zagorsky was speaking to students. Twelve people, including Zagorsky, were killed and buried in a mass grave on Red Square. Another unusual incident was a railway crash of 24 July 1921. The Aerowagon, an experimental high-speed railcar fitted with an aircraft engine and propeller traction, was not yet tested properly. On the day of the crash it successfully delivered a group of Soviet and foreign communists led by Fyodor Sergeyev to the Tula collieries; on the return route to Moscow the aerowagon derailed at high speed, killing 7 of the 22 people on board, including its inventor Valerian Abakovsky. This was the last mass burial in the ground of Red Square.

Yakov Sverdlov, who died in 1919 allegedly from the Spanish flu, was buried in an individual grave near the Senate tower. Later it became the first of twelve individual graves of top-ranking Soviet leaders (see Individual tombs section). Sverdlov was followed by John Reed, Inessa Armand, Viktor Nogin and other notable Bolsheviks and their foreign allies. Interment in the Kremlin wall, apart from its location next to the seat of government, was also seen as a statement of atheism while burial in the ground at a traditional cemetery next to a church was deemed inappropriate for a Bolshevik. [15] For the same reason, cremation, then prohibited by the Russian Orthodox Church, [16] was preferred to burial in a coffin and favored by Lenin and Trotsky – though Lenin expressed the wish to be buried next to his mother in St. Petersburg. [16] The new government sponsored the construction of crematoria since 1919, but the first burial of cremated remains in a niche in the wall did not take place until 1925. [15]

Mausoleum, 1924–1961

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The first wooden Mausoleum in 1925

Vladimir Lenin died of a stroke on 21 January 1924. While the body lay in state in the Pillar Hall of the House of the Unions, the Politburo discussed ways to preserve it, initially for forty days, despite objections from his widow and siblings. [17] [18] Joseph Stalin gave instructions to install a vault for Lenin's embalmed remains inside the Kremlin wall, and on 27 January, Lenin's casket was deposited in a temporary wooden vault built in one day. [17] The first proper Mausoleum was built of wood in March–July 1924 and was officially opened on August 1 [19] (foreign visitors were allowed inside on August 3). [20] [21] The contest to design and build a new, permanent, Mausoleum was declared in April 1926; construction to Alexey Shchusev's design began in July 1929 and was complete in sixteen months. [20] The Mausoleum has since functioned as a government reviewing stand during public parades.

The glass sarcophagus of Lenin's tomb was twice vandalized by visitors, in 1959 and 1969, leading to installation of a bulletproof glass shell. [22] It was bombed twice, in 1963, when the terrorist was the sole victim, [22] and in 1973, when an explosion killed the terrorist and two bystanders. [22] [23]

The Russian orthodox church outside of Russia has petitioned for dismantling the cult and burying Lenin's dead body, seeking to "rid Red Square of the remains of the main persecutor and executioner of the 20th century," [24] [25] although the Moscow patriarchate demurs. [26]

As of 2021, Lenin's body remains in the Mausoleum, excluding the period of evacuation to Tyumen during 1941–1945. [27]

Stalin's Mummy

Two days after the death of Joseph Stalin the Politburo decreed placing his remains on display in the Mausoleum; it officially reopened in November 1953 with Lenin and Stalin side by side. [28] Another plan decreed in March 1953, construction of the Pantheon to where the bodies of Lenin and Stalin would be eventually relocated, was never implemented. [28] Eight years later, following the de-Stalinization of the Krushchev thaw, removal of Stalin's body from the Mausoleum was unanimously [29] sanctioned by the 22nd Congress of the Communist Party. On 31 October 1961, the Mausoleum was quickly covered with plywood. Red Square itself was routinely closed in preparation for the 7 November parade. Stalin's remains were quickly re-interred in a deep grave, lined with concrete blocks, behind the Mausoleum; the ceremony was attended only by the state commission led by Nikolay Shvernik. [30] Harold Skilling, who attended the Mausoleum in November of the same year, noted that "everyone was so curious to see the new grave of Stalin... Unlike others, his [grave] was not yet graced by a bust and was marked only by a tablet with the name I.V. Stalin and dates of birth and death". [31] The existing tomb of Stalin carved by Nikolai Tomsky [30] was installed in June 1970. [32]

Ashes in the Kremlin Wall, 1925–1984

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An early burial of cremated ash in the wall.
Section of the Kremlin Wall with urn burials (Vladimirov, Ruthenberg, MacManus, Landler, Haywood) Kremlin Wall Necropolis -- Vladimirov, Miron - Ruthenberg, Charles - MacManus, Arthur - Landler, Jeno - Haywood, Bill.jpg
Section of the Kremlin Wall with urn burials (Vladimirov, Ruthenberg, MacManus, Landler, Haywood)
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A visitor (Fyodor Yurchikhin) laying flowers at the Kremlin Wall Necropolis, 2010

The first person to be cremated and interred in an urn in the Kremlin wall, 45-year-old former People's Commissar of Finance Miron Vladimirov, died in Italy in March 1925. The procedure for dealing with human remains in an urn was still unfamiliar at the time, and Vladimirov's urn was carried to his grave in an ordinary coffin. Between 1925 and the opening of the Donskoye Cemetery crematorium in October 1927, [16] interments in the wall and burials in the ground coexisted together; the former was preferred for foreign dignitaries of the Comintern (Jenő Landler, Bill Haywood, [33] Arthur MacManus, Charles Ruthenberg) [15] while the latter was granted only to top Party executives (Mikhail Frunze, Felix Dzerzhinsky, Nariman Narimanov and Pyotr Voykov). Initially, the bodies of the deceased were laid in state in the Kremlin's halls, but with tightening of security in the late 1920s the official farewell station was relocated to the House of the Unions' "Pillar Hall" on Okhotny Ryad (where Lenin lay in state in 1924) and remained there until the end of the Soviet state. [15] Burials initially took place to the north from the Senate tower, switching to the south side in 1934 and returning to the north side in 1977 (with a few exceptions). Interments in the wall were strictly individual; spouses and children of those interred in the wall had to be buried elsewhere. There were only three instances of group burials: the three-man crew of the Osoaviakhim-1 high-altitude balloon in 1934, the crew of a MiG-15UTI crash in 1968 (Gagarin and Seryogin), and the three-man crew of the Soyuz 11 spacecraft in 1971. In total, the wall accommodates the graves of 107 men and 8 women. [34] No remains interred in the wall were ever removed from it, including the deceased who were posthumously accused of "fascist conspiracy" (Sergei Kamenev) or political repressions (Andrey Vyshinsky).

Under Nikita Khrushchev and Leonid Brezhnev, the honor of interment in the Kremlin wall was awarded posthumously by the Politburo. When members of the Politburo were not available immediately, Mikhail Suslov had the first call. Brezhnev overruled Suslov's decision at least once, voting to bury Semyon Budenny in an individual grave. [15] There were also at least two known cases when groups of professionals pressed the government to extend special honors to their deceased colleagues:

On 26 April 1967, cosmonaut Vladimir Komarov was given a state funeral in Moscow, and his ashes were interred in the Kremlin Wall Necropolis at Red Square. Komarov was posthumously awarded the Order of Lenin, once more, and also the order of Hero of the Soviet Union. Komarov died as a result of the crash of his space capsule, Soyuz 1 – its parachutes failed and Komarov was killed when the capsule impacted the earth at aerodynamic terminal velocity. [37]

The last person to be buried in the Kremlin wall, in December 1984, was Minister of Defence Dmitriy Ustinov.

Individual tombs, 1919–1985

The row of individual tombs behind the Mausoleum began to acquire its present shape after the end of World War II. Sergei Merkurov created the first five tombs, for the recently deceased Mikhail Kalinin and Andrey Zhdanov, as well as for Yakov Sverdlov, Mikhail Frunze and Felix Dzerzhinsky who had died decades earlier. Grey granite stands that separate Red Square from the wall were built in the same period. In 1947 Merkurov proposed rebuilding the Mausoleum into a sort of "Pergamon Altar" that would become a foreground to a statue of Stalin placed atop Senatskaya tower. Dmitry Chechulin, Vera Mukhina and others spoke against the proposal and it was soon dropped. [38]

There are, in total, twelve individual tombs; all, including the four burials of the 1980s, are shaped similar to the canonical Merkurov's model. All twelve are considered to have died of natural causes, although some, such as Frunze, had unusual circumstances associated with their deaths. Konstantin Chernenko, who died in March 1985, became the last person to be buried on Red Square. Former head of state Andrei Gromyko, who died in July 1989, was offered burial in the Necropolis near his predecessors but was eventually buried at the Novodevichy cemetery at the request of his family. [39]

The Kremlin wall and the stands erected in the 1940s were traditionally separated with a line of blue spruce (Picea pungens), a tree not occurring naturally in Russia. In August–September 2007 the aging trees, with few exceptions, were cut down and replaced with young trees. [40] A Federal Protective Service spokesman explained that the previous generation of spruce, planted in the 1970s, suffered from the dryness of the urban landscape; 28 old but sound trees were handpicked for replanting inside the Kremlin. [40] New trees were selected from the nurseries of Altai Mountains, Russian Far East and "some foreign countries". [40] The FPS spokesman also mentioned that in Nikita Khrushchev's period there were plans to plant a fruit garden around the Mausoleum, but the proposal was rejected in fear of fruit flies. [40]

Debate and preservation

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The Kremlin Necropolis with a view of Spasskaya Tower

Public discussion on closing the Mausoleum emerged shortly after the breakup of the Soviet Union, with opinions ranging from simply burying Lenin in Saint Petersburg as he had requested, to taking the mummy on a commercial world tour. [43] After the climax of the 1993 Russian constitutional crisis President Boris Yeltsin removed the honor guard from the Mausoleum (former Post no.1, see Kremlin Regiment) and voiced his long-term opinion that Lenin should be buried in the ground. [44] [45] The decision was supported by the Public Committee of Democratic Organisations. [44] By 1995, Yeltsin "moved to the nationalist center", [46] used the Mausoleum as a government stand like the previous state leaders; [46] in 1997, he reiterated the claim to bury Lenin. [47]

Proposals to remove the Necropolis from Red Square altogether met far more public opposition and did not take off either. Despite the Russian government's efforts to relocate Lenin's tomb and Soviet monuments from the Kremlin, support of both Lenin and the Soviet Union remain steadfast among the Russian populace. Contemporary public opinion on preserving the remains of Lenin in their present embalmed state is split, leaning towards burying him. According to most recent (end of 2008) poll by VTsIOM, 66% of the respondents voted for a funeral in a traditional cemetery, including 28% of those who believe that the funeral should be postponed until the communist generation passes away. 25% of the respondents voted to preserve the body in the Mausoleum. [48] In October 2005, 51% of respondents voted for a funeral and 40% for preservation. [49]

See also

Notes

  1. "Kremlin Wall Necropolis | Rusmania". rusmania.com. Archived from the original on 2021-04-16. Retrieved 2021-04-16.
  2. Schmidt, p. 13
  3. 1 2 3 Schmidt, p. 61
  4. Shchenkov et al., p. 57
  5. Brooke (p. 35) incorrectly dates the demolition after 1812.
  6. Schmidt, pp. 143, 153
  7. Shchenkov et al., pp. 61–62
  8. Based on the list of the Moscow City Heritage Commission "Archived copy" . Retrieved 2019-10-22.
  9. Colton, p. 85
  10. 1 2 Reed, p. 227
  11. Corney, pp. 41–42, provides a description of the ceremonies
  12. 1 2 Based on the list of the Moscow City Heritage Commission "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2009-02-21. Retrieved 2009-04-02.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link) "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2009-02-20. Retrieved 2009-04-02.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link) (in Russian) Retrieved 2009-03-28
  13. Lysinovskaya, Pavla Andreeva, Verzemneka Streets
  14. Corney, p. 43
  15. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Zhirnov, Yevgeny (2003). "Sidel-sidel, utrom prosnulis..." (in Russian). Kommersant Vlast, N. 7 (510), February 24, 2003.
  16. 1 2 3 Mates, p. 370
  17. 1 2 Quigley, p. 29
  18. Tumarkin, pp. 135–164, provides a detailed timeline of events of January 1924
  19. Quigley, p. 32
  20. 1 2 Quigley, p. 33
  21. Tumarkin, pp. 165–206, provides a detailed timeline of establishing the Mausoleum.
  22. 1 2 3 Quigley, p. 35
  23. "Lenin tomb blast is said to kill 3". The New York Times . September 4, 1973. p. 6. Retrieved 2009-03-31.
  24. Rebecca Bluitt. "Red Square rendezvous: Visiting Lenin's body in Moscow". CNN. Retrieved 2022-05-10.
  25. "The Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia - Official Website". www.synod.com. Retrieved 2022-05-10.
  26. "Russian Orthodoxy and Lenin's Tomb | George Weigel". First Things. Retrieved 2022-05-10.
  27. Quigley, pp. 34–35
  28. 1 2 Quigley, p. 38
  29. Topping, Seymour (October 30, 1961). "Stalin's Body to Be Moved From Tomb in Red Square". The New York Times . Retrieved 2009-03-31.
  30. 1 2 "The day when Stalin left Lenin alone" (in Russian). RIA Novosti. 2006.
  31. Skilling, pp. 186–187
  32. "Bust Placed on Stalin Gravel Behind Lenin Mausoleum". The New York Times . 20 June 1970. p. 53. Retrieved 2009-03-31.
  33. 1 2 Half of Haywood's ashes is buried in Moscow, another in Chicago – Brooke, p. 43
  34. 1 2 Based on the list of the Moscow City Heritage Commission [ permanent dead link ]. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 20 June 2007. Retrieved 2 April 2009.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link) CS1 maint: bot: original URL status unknown (link). MKN (in Russian). Retrieved 28 March 2009.
  35. Kamanin, January 11, 1970
  36. Burgess et al., p. 181
  37. "1967: Russian cosmonaut dies in space crash". On This Day. BBC. 24 April 1967. Retrieved 15 April 2009.
  38. 1 2 3 4 5 6 Colton, p. 352
  39. Громыко Андрей Андреевич (in Russian). hrono.ru. Retrieved 8 October 2010.
  40. 1 2 3 4 "U sten Kremlya vpervye za 30 let... (У стен Кремля впервые за 30 лет начали высаживать новые ели)" (in Russian). RIA Novosti, August 15, 2007. Retrieved 2009-03-15.
  41. Based on the list of the Moscow City Heritage Commission (in Russian) Retrieved 2009-03-28
  42. 1 2 Ustinova, Irina (2000). "Interview with Iulian Rukavishnikov". Persona (in Russian). Vol. 2.
  43. "Lenin's remains: Russians queue in the cold..." The Independent . December 27, 2000. Retrieved 2009-03-31.[ dead link ]
  44. 1 2 Higgins, Andrew (October 8, 1993). "Yeltsin seizes chance to purge political enemies". The Independent . Retrieved 2009-03-31.
  45. "Struggle in Russia; Yeltsin Cancels Guards at Lenin's Tomb". The New York Times . October 7, 1993. p. 8. Retrieved 2009-03-31.
  46. 1 2 Erlanger, Steven (April 29, 1995). "Yeltsin to Stand Atop Lenin's Tomb for Parade". The New York Times . Retrieved 2009-03-31.
  47. Hoffman, David (June 7, 1997). "Yeltsin Proposes Plebiscite On Whether Lenin's Body Should Be Buried Formally". The Washington Post . Retrieved 2009-03-31.
  48. "41% prozent rossiyan za vynos tela..." Kommersant (in Russian). January 20, 2009. Archived from the original on January 24, 2009.
  49. Kolesnichenko, Aleksandr (April 10, 2006). "Ready for Bearing Out of". Novye Izvestiya (in Russian). Archived from the original on December 2, 2008.

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Federal Military Memorial Cemetery Federal cemetery in Moscow, Russia

The Federal Military Memorial Cemetery is a national cemetery of Russia, located in Mytishchinsky District, Moscow Oblast, on the north-eastern outskirts of Moscow.

Nikolai Tomsky Soviet artist and pedagogist (1900-1984)

Nikolai Vasilyevich Tomsky was a much-decorated Soviet sculptor, designer of many well-known ceremonial monuments of the Socialist Realism era.

Mikhail Frunze Soviet army officer (1885–1925)

Mikhail Vasilyevich Frunze was a Bolshevik leader during and just prior to the Russian Revolution of 1917. Born in the modern-day Kyrgyz Republic, he became active with the Bolsheviks and rose to the rank of a major Red Army commander in the Russian Civil War of 1917–1918. He is best known for defeating Baron Peter von Wrangel in Crimea. The capital of the Kirghiz SSR was named in his honor from 1926 until 1991, when the Soviet Union was dissolved.

Death and state funeral of Boris Yeltsin

Boris Yeltsin, the first President of Russia, died of cardiac arrest on 23 April 2007, twelve days after being admitted to the Central Clinical Hospital in Moscow. Yeltsin was the first Russian head of state to be buried in a church ceremony since Emperor Alexander III, 113 years prior.

Death and state funeral of Joseph Stalin Soviet political leaders 1953 death

Joseph Stalin, second leader of the Soviet Union, died on 5 March 1953 at his Kuntsevo Dacha at the age of 74, after suffering a stroke. He was given a state funeral in Moscow on 9 March, with four days of national mourning declared. The day of the funeral, hundreds or thousands of citizens present in the area to pay their respects died in a human crush.

Death and state funeral of Vladimir Lenin 1924 death and funeral of the Soviet Unions first leader

On 21 January 1924, at 18:50 EET, Vladimir Lenin, leader of the October Revolution and the first leader and founder of the Soviet Union, died in Gorki aged 53 after falling into a coma. The official cause of death was recorded as an incurable disease of the blood vessels. Lenin was given a state funeral and then buried in a specially erected mausoleum on 27 January. A commission of the Central Committee of the RCP(b) was in charge of organising the funeral.

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Coordinates: 55°45′13″N37°37′11″E / 55.75361°N 37.61972°E / 55.75361; 37.61972