With the corpse beginning visibly to deteriorate (desiccation, discoloration, gaping of the lips, etc.), the desperate Bolshevik committee finally found two scientists with the knowledge, experience, and willingness for the job. "And so, two months after Lenin’s death," Professors Vorobiov (his first name is never used here), Boris Ilich Zbarsky, and their staff "were at last able to start work on the embalming. They were all well aware of the enormous responsibility they were taking on. They knew, too, that the slightest mistake might cost them their lives." Though initially besieged, the two were granted every reasonable request for materials, space, and personnel. The chemicals and techniques used in the process are described in discomforting detail. Their obvious success in saving Lenin’s mortal remains elevated them and their laboratory to an upper stratum of Soviet elite with all the attendant personal privileges and amenities. The necessity for periodic reconditioning of the subject assured their careers, their lives, and the expansion of their influence and laboratory, including the eventual recruitment of Ilya Zbarsky, our primary chronicler, to the staff.