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Russian know-how keeps dead Kims looking fresh

Reuters, SEOUL

Originally the embalming was seen as a way of joining the various countries to international communism, as embodied in Lenin.

However, as Vietnam and North Korea developed in their own political ways, so has the meaning attached to preserving the leaders’ bodies.

“Today, this original meaning of these bodies has changed — in Vietnam the body of Ho today stands for anti-colonial struggles for independence and even for new nationalism, much more than for communism,” Yurchak said. “In North Korea, the two Kims’ bodies stand for a self-sufficient country organized around one leader and existing in the face of the ‘imperialist surroundings.’”

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