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Wednesday, 3-Sep-2003 00:00 Email | Share | | Bookmark
St. Pete--Sergei Kirov Museum

Sergei Kirov
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It was beginning to rain and there were no cafes around. Mishah didn't want to go in, but I insisted.

The museum occupies the two upper floors; the building was built in 1911-1914; after 1917, the best apartments in it were given to Leningrad's party bosses. In 1926, Sergei Kirov moved in; he was killed in 1934.

The elevator was broken; as we were climbing up the stairs, we passed an FSB (ex-KGB) office. Whatever, we thought.

One useful tip: Never read Solzhenitsyn, Pasternak, Dombrovsky or any other texts dealing with Stalin's atrocities prior to visiting this museum. I was and still am reading Yury Dombrovsky's THE FACULTY OF USELESS KNOWLEDGE, so I couldn't really appreciate how well the museum is being kept (it is). Instead, I felt sort of trapped.

Another useful tip: Try not to discuss history with the women working in the museum, even if you and one of them are the only people in the room. There may be a huge temptation to, but just don't - unless you're in the mood to encounter a closeted Stalinist. After all, it's just a museum, and it's her job to follow you around, and it's 2003, okay? And that door downstairs, with an FSB sign on it... well, it's just a coincidence.

Monday, 1-Sep-2003 00:00 Email | Share | | Bookmark
St. Pete--the tiles beneath our feet

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It's been raining forever - hence, these abstractions.

[Most of the fotos here were taken by Mishah.]

Saturday, 30-Aug-2003 00:00 Email | Share | | Bookmark
St. Pete--some nice (touristy?) stuff, at last

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Friday, 29-Aug-2003 00:00 Email | Share | | Bookmark
St. Pete

babushka 1
babushka 2
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Monday, 25-Aug-2003 00:00 Email | Share | | Bookmark
St. Pete

rottweiler girl
babushka 1
shut the door to keep cold air out
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["Shut the door..." was taken by Mishah.]

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