Russian Funeral Marketplace Offers to Bury Vladimir Lenin Using Blockchain Technology

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In a rather peculiar twist of events, funeral marketplace TombCare has offered Gennady Zyuganov, the leader of the Communist Party of Russia, to bury Vladimir Lenin’s body and record the information on the burial ground on blockchain.

Mr. Zyuganov faced serious criticism due to his pronounced opposition to removing Lenin’s body from the Mausoleum. The official letter addressed to Mr. Zyuganov reads:

“Beyond any doubt, a busy person such as comrade Zyuganov would find it more convenient and fast to walk from the Parliament to the Red Square in order to honor the memory of the communist leader or to commemorate yet another revolution-related anniversary. However, I think that comrade Zyuganov’s unwillingness to concede the burial [of Lenin’s body] stems from the fact that he still doesn’t know about TombCare.”

TombCare was launched in late October. It is a blockchain-powered funeral platform allowing one to find a burial ground and order certain services. The funeral marketplace offers remote care for burial grounds, including delivery of flowers.

“If Lenin’s burial ground is moved away from the heart of Moscow, or even away from Moscow altogether, the backers of the Communist Party and other admirers may not worry about the grave’s state. Recording information on the burial ground on the blockchain will allow the grateful descendants to keep on honoring the memory of the leader of the world’s proletariat,” Andrey Simonov, TombCare’s CEO stated.

He concluded his letter stating that Mr. Zyuganov’s query, should he agree to the proposal, will be reviewed out of turn.

November 2017 marks the 100th anniversary of the October Revolution; and 93 years after his death and display in Red Square, the resting place of the Father of the Revolution is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site and popular tourist destination.

The mausoleum once held almost religious gravity in Russian culture, with Soviets waiting in the cold for hours just to catch a glimpse and leave a flower.

Yet, a poll in March 2017 found that at least 58% of Russians are in favor of finally removing Lenin from display, but there’s indecision over whether he should be buried with other communist bigwigs at the Kremlin or, as was his own wish, buried next to his mother in St. Petersburg’s Volkovo Cemetery.

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