Photographer's Note

The Lenin Mausoleum is one of the world's most intriguing tourist attractions. Although it is often closed these days, for many decades citizens of the Soviet Union and curious tourists would queue for hours waiting to file silently past the embalmed remains of Vladimir I. Lenin, one of the greatest political leaders of the 20th century. The reason for frequent closure of the mausoleum in recent years is supposedly for "repair" and "maintenance" of the body, which is looking more and more like a big yellow lump of wax! No comment....I myself was not fortunate enough to be around when the masuoleum was open.

On either side of the mausoleum is the Kremlin Wall Cemetery, where some of the most luminous and fascinating figures of Soviet and Russian history are buried. Here you will find the graves of Iosef V. Stalin, Leonid I. Brezhnev, Maxim Gorki, Yuri Gagarin (first man in space) and Elena Glinskaya (mother of Ivan the Terrible).

The dome and facade of the Senate is visible from behind the Kremlin wall.

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