Stalin’s ‘rude’ jottings

Interesting little slideshow from the BBC: A number of nude, pencil drawn studies from the 1940s have been put in display in Moscow, with Stalin’s hand-written commentary on them. The jottings have been authenticated by an interior ministry expert although no one is sure how or why Stalin would bother writing on them. “Why are you so thin, Mikhail Ivanovich?” he wrote on one drawing; “Onanism is not work. Try Marxism!”  “One thinking fool is worse than 10 enemies,” says another.


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