Bloomberg Anywhere Login


Connecting decision makers to a dynamic network of information, people and ideas, Bloomberg quickly and accurately delivers business and financial information, news and insight around the world.


Financial Products

Enterprise Products


Customer Support

  • Americas

    +1 212 318 2000

  • Europe, Middle East, & Africa

    +44 20 7330 7500

  • Asia Pacific

    +65 6212 1000


Industry Products

Media Services

Follow Us

Venezuela’s Chavez May Not Receive Lenin-Like Embalmment

March 13 (Bloomberg) -- Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, who died March 5 from cancer, may not be preserved for permanent display after embalmment preparations started late, acting President Nicolas Maduro said on state television.

“The preparations had to begin and the decision had to be taken much earlier,” Maduro said today in Caracas, citing Russian and German scientists currently in Venezuela. “Scientific news and opinions tell us it will be very difficult for this to happen.”

Heads of state visiting for Chavez’s funeral first suggested embalming the leader’s body, Maduro said. Like Ho Chi Minh, Lenin and Mao Zedong, Chavez’s body would be embalmed for display at the Museum of the Revolution in a special glass urn as a permanent tribute to the socialist revolutionary, Maduro said March 7. The remains of Vladimir Lenin, founder of the Soviet Union, lie embalmed in Lenin’s Mausoleum in Moscow.

The country’s National Assembly yesterday postponed voting to call a referendum on whether to bury Chavez alongside his hero, South American liberator Simon Bolivar, in the National Pantheon. As Chavez’s chosen successor, Maduro will face in next month’s election opposition candidate Henrique Capriles Radonski, who lost to Chavez by 11 percentage points in October.

“What’s true is that more than his physical body, we have to keep comandante Chavez in our eternal memory,” Maduro said. “We should keep alive his image, voice and thought.”

To contact the reporter on this story: Jose Orozco in Caracas at

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Andre Soliani at

Please upgrade your Browser

Your browser is out-of-date. Please download one of these excellent browsers:

Chrome, Firefox, Safari, Opera or Internet Explorer.