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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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06.04.13 Marina Galperina

As Soviet Union let out its dying breath, there were massive hoards of angry, hungry citizens pitching tents in Moscow, right at the Kremlin walls. In 1990, these protestors lived in makeshift cities for six months. They questioned their government as it rattled apart. Their signs called for justice, answers, logic… FOOD. But doesn’t it sound familiar? Long […]

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04.20.11 Marina Galperina

When Marx’s “religion is the opium of the masses” slogan was crazy popular, the Soviets were getting everyone off the Eastern Orthodox Jesus crack, whether they liked it or not. Enter Bezbozhnik (“Heathen” or “Godless”) magazine of the late, hooked-on-Stalin ’20s, spreading equal opportunity propaganda and damning all major religions. Oh, and USA’s racism and […]

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