When Stalin fell out of official favour in 1956, his body was removed from Red Square. However, officials were at a loss as to what to do with it.
Approaching the British ambassador, the Russians asked if Churchill’s wartime ally could be interred in England.
“Afraid not,” the ambassador said. “Karl Marx is buried in England, you know, and having two such eminent communists would be excessive.”
Turning to the East Germans, the Russians were refused by their ambassador as well.
“We’re still trying to live down Hitler. One dictator is quite enough.”
The response from the Italians was the same. Learning of the Soviet plight, and wishing to score some points with the Russian rulers, the Israeli ambassador offered to allow Stalin to be buried in his nation.
“Nyet!” the Russians replied. “You people had a Resurrection once...”
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