Hugo Chavez and Other Dead World Leaders on Display

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Venezuela’s government announced Thursday that late president Hugo Chavez’s body is to be embalmed and displayed inside a glass coffin at a military museum not far from the country’s presidential palace, Miraflores. This sort of prominent public display not only of a dead leader’s final resting place, but of the dead leader’s preserved corpse, places Chavez in the company of revolutionary leaders such as Lenin and Mao, North Korea’s dictatorial father-and-son team, Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il, and others. Here, TIME takes a look at a number of world leaders whose remains have been placed on perpetual display down through the years.

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