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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Lenin's Niece Objects

MOSCOW -- The niece of Soviet founder Vladimir Lenin said the mummified remains of her famous uncle should be left on display on Red Square.

Lenin's wife said he had explicitly insisted before his death that his body not be put on display. He wanted to be buried next to his mother in St. Petersburg.

But shortly after his death, Josef Stalin turned the Bolshevik founder into a communist icon and put his body on display, where it was to remain as a revolutionary symbol for eternity.

Lenin died of a massive stroke in 1924, at the age of 53.

On Wednesday, the daughter of Lenin's younger brother, Dmitry, Olga Ulyanova, claimed that Lenin never made any requests for his burial. She argued that his body should be left in its glass display case.

"Can a man at the age of 52 be thinking of his own funeral? No, he can't," Ulyanova told a news conference at the Communist-dominated parliament.