What It Takes to Keep a Modern Mummy Perfect
After Lenin died in 1924, his body was buried in a specially erected mausoleum on Moscow's Red Square. Except for a brief period during World War II, the corpse has been on constant display to the public.
Even 90 years after his death, he looks good, perhaps better than when alive. A team of specialized personnel with an annual budget of $200,000 is dedicated for his 'maintenance.'
This job belongs to the Center for Scientiﬁc Research and Teaching Methods in Biochemical Technologies in Moscow. The "Mausoleum group" -- 5 or 6 anatomists, biochemists and surgeons -- are responsible for his upkeep. Some parts of skin and flesh need to be 'replaced' with plastics to maintain appearances.
The body is nearly 146 years old, but still looks 53. Thanks to a fresh coat of embalming fluids every other year for the past 92 years!
It's a weeks-long process that involves submerging the body in separate solutions of glycerol solution baths, formaldehyde, potassium acetate, alcohol, hydrogen peroxide, acetic acid solution and acetic sodium.
Whew! That sure beats any beauty treatment available in the market!