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Lenin, Vladimir Il´ich, 1870-1924
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Set of Matrioshkas painted with Soviet political figures

Painted wooden nesting or Matrioshkas dolls of Russian Communist leaders. Mikhail Gorbachev is the first and largest doll, inside which in succession are the leaders: Leonid Ilyich Brezhnev, Nikita Sergeyevich Khrushchev, Joseph Stalin, Vladimir Ilyich Lenin, Semyon Budyonny, Lavrentiy Beria, Sverdlov and Sailor Zeleznyak, leaders potentially of the Russian Revolution. The bottom of the Gorbachev doll has an inscription. Nine dolls in total. The Gorbachev doll has writing in Russian and English with the following messages: "Perestroika! Democracy! Glasnost! Gorbachev, the Father of the Region! USSR + USA = Love! I love Gorbi!" He is holding a set of papers entitled "New Thinking" and Gorbachev is listed as the author. The Brezhnev has Russian and English writing that reads: "Glory to the CPSU! Dear Leonid Ilyich! Party mind, honour and conscience! The party and the people are united! Russkaya Russian Vodka." The Khrushchev doll depicts him at a United Nations podium and he is holding a shoe. The writing around him reads: "Corn! Socialism! Cosmos! Accommodations!" The Stalin doll is holding a pipe and it reads: "Great VOKD! Father of the People!" The Lenin doll depicts him wearing a red ribbon and writing on the doll reads: "Peace to the People! Revolution!" The Beria doll depicts him holding a newspaper with the word "Business" on it and he's wearing a red armband with the letters TsK, which stand for Central Committee.