Monday, July 29, 2013

Soviet Photos

English Russia has a 10-page photo album of photos from the Soviet Union.  From 1917 - 1940.  Most are propaganda, but some others seem authentic.

Here is Lenin's wife, Krupskaya, in 1929.  Lenin had been dead for 5 years by then.  She is meeting with the women's workers union to, no doubt, announce the coming "summer of recovery."  Or maybe to explain Stalin's laser-like focus on the economy.

Can't you see the impact of 10 years of hope and change in their faces?

A second massive famine of Bolshevik rule will hit the country in the next year with 6 million dead.  Ah, but as Krupskaya's late husband once said, "you can't make an omelet without breaking a few eggs."

A little trivia for those of you who have grown bored with the Anthony Weiner scandal...

Krupskaya was one reason Stalin fell out of favor with Lenin.  When Lenin died, his wishes were to have Trotsky take over.  Trotsky was a guy who 'got things done.'  A doer.  Stalin was too, but there was a conversation between Stalin and Krupskaya when she was trying to keep Stalin from accessing the very ill Lenin.

Let's just say, Trotsky's stock went up because he never called Krupskaya a "syphilitic whore" to her face.

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