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Yes, the embalmed body of the founder of the Soviet state is still on display in a mausoleum on Red Square. The stark Constructivist pyramid of red granite and gray and black labradorite was built in 1930, 6 years after Vladimir Lenin's death. The lines of pilgrims and solemn changing of the guard are long gone, and threats to bury him -- as he wished for himself -- have surfaced every few years since his USSR collapsed in 1991. In the meantime, the curious and a few faithful are shepherded through the cool, dim chamber by guards who make sure no one stands still long enough to ask any questions. The whole visit takes barely a few minutes. Equally fascinating are the gravestones of other Soviet icons along the Kremlin wall, which can be accessed only by visiting the mausoleum. Admirers still heap flowers on Stalin's grave daily. Because Nikita Khrushchev left office in disgrace, he is the only dead Soviet leader not buried here. Other remains here include those of Yuri Gagarin, the first man in space; and American journalist John Reed. Cameras and bulky backpacks are forbidden; they must be left at the bag check by the Borovitsky gate to the Kremlin, a good 5-minute walk away. It's easiest to visit here right after seeing the Kremlin, and then go get your bags.