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07.15.13 Marina Galperina

Glory to Sergey Merkurov! People’s Artist of the USSR, Soviet Academy of Arts alum, director of the Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts and all the rage of pre-1950s Soviet Union! One of the leading figures of the Giant Ass Statues of Soviet Leaders Art Movement! He sculpted and erected a huge number of these monumental statues, […]

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04.10.12 Marina Galperina

Since in 1937, Josef Stalin was immortalized in a giant museum in Georgia. Now, decades and millions of gulag deaths later, and then more decades after that, Georgia’s cultural minister says that’s enough. The museum will be remodeled to reflect the atrocities of Stalinist rule — the prison camps, the purges and the forceful resettlement of […]

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02.03.11 Marina Galperina

LiveJournal blogger Kikhot1953 just confessed to blowing up a statue of dead dictator Joseph Stalin in Zaporozhye, Ukraine on Dec 31. He says that innocent people were being harassed by the police, so it was time. Anonymous (until they track him down), he writes: It was not my intention to intimidate or harm anyone. On […]

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