Capitalist dollars! Why Lenin would spin in his grave

March 02, 1992|By Newsday

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.

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