Lenin's niece dies in Moscow at 89

25th March 2011, Comments 0 comments

Lenin's niece, Olga Ulyanova, the last surviving descendant of the Bolshevik leader's family, died in Moscow on Friday at 89, the governor of Lenin's native region of Ulyanovsk said in a statement.

Ulyanova, who was born in 1922, two years before her uncle's death, was the last direct descendant of the Ulyanov family, Lenin's real surname, governor Sergei Morozov said in a message of condolences that gave no cause of death.

She was the daughter of Lenin's younger brother Dmitry, a doctor who shared Lenin's revolutionary ideals and served in high posts in the health service after the 1917 revolution. He died in 1943.

Ulyanova studied chemistry at Moscow State University and went on to become a lecturer there, the governor said. She also published several books and more than 150 articles about Lenin and her family.

As the last representative of his family, she spoke out against repeated calls to move Lenin's body from the mausoleum on Red Square.

"I am categorically against the reburial of Vladimir Ilyich Lenin. There is no basis for this," she told Pravda newspaper in January, arguing that his body lies at the same depth as burial according to Russian traditions.

© 2011 AFP

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