May 20, 2024
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How Russia’s secretive Lenin Lab helped North Korea embalm its ruling Kims

Pyongyang paid as much as $1M to the Russian team that has preserved Lenin for 100 years, though it refuses to admit it

Former North Korean rulers Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il may have died many years ago, but they’re very much alive in the national consciousness, their embalmed bodies lying in state deep within a massive mausoleum on the outskirts of Pyongyang.

Their corpses attract scores of visitors every year and have undoubtedly become North Korean icons, sacred symbols in the cult of the Kim family dictatorship.

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