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mrswoolybill Plus
11 1.2k 1887 United Kingdom
7 Dec 2011 2:41PM
Good memories. Traditionally the matrioshka was symbolic of the continuation of the female line, every woman has a bit of her mother, a bit of her grandmother etc inside her. The old rose design that you can still see top left here is a fertility symbol. Makes the political matrioshki that bit more significant.
I bought a political matrioshka in Moscow, on the Sparrow Hills, in May 1991. It had Yeltsin on the outside. The matrioshka-makers are always the first to sense the smoke signals. That was three months before he came to power... My Russian friends were scared when they saw it and made me hide it.
I see they still have Putin dolls, I wonder how long they will last.
Now it's tourist tat, there's even one with the Queen Mum, heaven help Mother Russia!
A lot of social history, and food for thought here.

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HBJ 6 4 Sweden
7 Dec 2011 2:56PM
I have a couple of these dolls at home which are presents from Russian friends - guess what you find when you open them - vodka. In the photo you find people from around the world: politicians, athlets....
cats_123 Plus
14 4.8k 28 Northern Ireland
7 Dec 2011 6:06PM
At least Frank Lampard has fans in Russia GrinGrin
cabmanstu 6 7 United Kingdom
7 Dec 2011 6:34PM
Great shot !

7 Dec 2011 10:09PM
Had to be sharp great shot.......John

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