Georgi Dimitrov was born June 18 1882. In 1919 Dimitrov helped form the Bulgarian Communist Party. After the occupation of Bulgaria by the Red Army in September 1944, Georgi Dimitrov took over the leadership of the Bulgarian Communist Party. Dimitrov was made Premier of Bulgaria on 6th November, 1946. Georgi Dimitrov died after a short illness on 2 July 1949, in a sanatorium near Moscow. Some historians have raised the issue that Dimitrov was poisoned.
On July 2nd 1949 Dimitrov's body was embalmed and placed on display in the Sofia Georgi Dimitrov Mausoleum. Dimitrov's body stayed here until 1990 and the fall of the communist regime. His body was cremated and buried in the Central Cemetery of Sofia.
He was entombed in a white marble mausoleum built in 1949 to contain the embalmed body; construction beginning immediately after the news of Dimitrov's death. It was completed in just six days. Dimitrov's body remained in the mausoleum until August 1990, when his remains were cremated and the ashes buried in Sofia's Central Cemetery. The mausoleum itself was destroyed by Prime Minister Ivan Kostov's UDF government in 1999 after a heated nationwide debate. The prime minister and his party claimed that retaining the mausoleum was inappropriate following the fall of Communism in 1989 because it represented Bulgaria's repressive past.