In March 1953 Joseph Stalin died of a stroke at his personal dacha near Moscow. After a state funeral, his body was interred along with Vladimir Lenin in a mausoleum within the Kremlin.

Like America’s President Roosevelt, Stalin’s health had deteriorated towards the end of World War II. He was a heavy smoker, suffered from atherosclerosis, had a mild stroke in May 1945 and a severe heart attack in October 1945.

In 1961, as the de-Stalinization era was initiated by Nikita Krushchev, Stalin’s body was removed from the mausoleum and buried outside the Kremlin wall.