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Court confirms the ownership of Lenin museum

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new dinosaur museumThe long legal battle over the ownership status of the Lenin Museum has finally been over after almost a year-long debate. The high court profile case has now been resolved and the Supreme court of Mongolia made a decision in favor of the Ministry of Culture, Sport and Tourism of Mongolia.

 On March 13, 2014 the Minister of Culture, Sport and Tourism of Mongolia, Oyungerel Ts., and the Chairman of the State Property Committee, Tsogtbaatar D., made a joint announcement  that the Lenin Museum is finally confirmed as a state property at all three court instances.

The Government decided to convert the Lenin Museum into a building to promote the history of dinosaurs with the intention to protect, verify and register paleontological findings and cultural heritage after the highly publicized smuggled Tyrannosaurus (Tarbosaurus) Bataar skeleton was returned back home. The Lenin Museum was built using the government budget on the decision of then the Ministry of Culture back in 1974.

However, after the democratic revolution in 1992 the Mongolian People's Revolutionary Party, the former communist party, continued to own the property and turned into a commercial center.

The Ministry of Culture, Sport and Tourism plans to hold an open tender for the reconstruction and repair works of the main building in order to turn the museum into a paleontological museum where Tyrannosaurus (Tarbosaurus) Bataar and other dinosaur fossils can be displayed for the public.