Russian scientists and medical experts joining in preserving the embalmed body of the late President Ho Chi Minh, the founder of modern Vietnam, converged at a gathering in Moscow on April 28.

Speaking at the event, Political Commissar of the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum Safeguarding High Command, Maj. Gen. Pham Van Lap recalled the memories in September 1967 when Russia assisted Vietnam in training three doctors with embalming techniques.

During 1969-1975 fierce wartime, Russian medical specialists and officers and soldiers of the Vietnam People’s Army successfully moved the remains of the President to far-flung areas to safety for six times, he said.

The embalmed President was later laid inside a mausoleum dedicated to him. Since the mausoleum inaugurated in late August 1975, it received over 50 million visitors, from both at home and abroad, to pay tribute to the late leader whose mummified body is always kept at the best state.

Since 2004, the Russian Institute of Biomedical Problems in coordination with the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum Management Board have succeeded in making embalming fluids.

Vietnamese Ambassador Nguyen Xuan Son, in his speech, reiterated his gratitude to participants for their dedicated support and endeavours.-VNA