MOSCOW -- A bogus magazine report that Russian authorities were interested in selling the corpse of Vladimir Lenin to raise hard currency has produced a flood of offers to buy the Bolshevik founder's body, a Russian official has acknowledged.
The item, which ran in Forbes magazine last year, was quickly denied by authorities and later retracted by the magazine.
But the denials have not stopped a steady stream of letters to Moscow from Americans interested in buying Lenin's embalmed remains. They have rested in a mausoleum in Red Square since shortly after his death in 1924, said Alexander Gurov, deputy director of the Russian Security Ministry's information center, a news conference.
Mr. Gurov said the highest offer, contained in several letters, was for $27 million and the low bid was for $1,000. He did not reveal the identities of the bidders.