The State Department laughed at Gorbachev's birthmark and Lenin's body

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The State Department laughed at Gorbachev's birthmark and Lenin's body

American diplomats wanted to send the body of the founder of the USSR, Vladimir Lenin, on a tour of the states. This is evidenced by an archival document published on the website of the US State Department, which contains excerpts from the preparation of the American side for negotiations with USSR Foreign Minister Andrei Gromyko in 1985.

The document was intended for internal use. “We have a new proposal: why don't you send Lenin's body to the USA on tour. Just like an exhibition of Tutankhamun, ”one of his points says ironically.

The diplomats also mentioned the former president of the Soviet Union, Mikhail Gorbachev. “If the Soviets dismantle all SS-20s (the Pioneer RSD-10 medium-range missile system – ), we are ready to erase Gorbachev's birthmark on American photographs,” the diplomats laughed.

In addition, the document contains many more caustic remarks from the American side on various topics that were to be discussed at bilateral negotiations: arms control, the Soviet economy and bilateral economic problems, regional issues, and so on.

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