Why is malachite considered to be a Russian stone? An exquisite souvenir from the Sverdlovsk youths!
What is the sacral idea behind the gift to Stalin from the Chinese confederates? Did the Chinese equate the Soviet leader and the Emperor in status?
What can you make of a butterfly? An authentic present from the workers of the sunny Brazil.
Which stone is called the “stone of life” by the Chinese? What is so special about this gift to the Soviet leader?
For all the years of the Stalin`s era he was given more than a million gifts. "Father of Nations" haven`t used them in everyday life and haven`t seen them. Gifts to the leader is a part of public ceremonies, they considered as a object of museum values.
The inflow of gifts to Stalin culminated in 1949, in the year of his 70th anniversary.
What are the devil’s balloons? Can this be a gift? What is the covert message behind the Chinese gift to Joseph Stalin?
What is an armadillo, animal or a type of a ship? An exotic souvenir from the banks of the distant Amazon River!
Do you know what the English thought of Russia in early XX century and why a British lady gave such an unusual present to the Soviet leader?
Can an ancient vase escape party censorship? Do you want to know what perplexed the Soviet museum workers?