2 Underwater Leaders. What Is Lenin, Stalin and Dzerzhinsky Doing at the Bottom of the Black Sea?

Underwater Leaders. What Is Lenin, Stalin and Dzerzhinsky Doing at the Bottom of the Black Sea?


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At Cape Tarhankut in Crimea, a hundred meters from the shore, there is an unusual museum - an underwater analogue of Moscow "Muzeon". In 1992, a diver Vladimir Borumensky found at a depth of 12-15 meters the first sculptures of the Soviet leaders, that had already been dismantled in the Crimean cities and towns. Then busts of Lenin, Marx and Voroshilov settled here. Borumensky planed his venture in a big way and wanted to bring Mao, Mussolini, and Napoleon to the Soviet pantheon.

The Emperor has not appeared on the original Walk of Fame, but divers from all over Ukraine started to complement the collection of Soviet leaders. Today in the underwater Museum there are several dozens of exhibits, from Stalin and Dzerzhinsky to Gorky and Gagarin. There is a department of writers, there is Lenin leading the boy by the hand, and the other rare sculptures that do not fit in the traditional Soviet canon.

Pink Gagarin

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Vladimir Lenin

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Karl Marx


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2 Responses to “Underwater Leaders. What Is Lenin, Stalin and Dzerzhinsky Doing at the Bottom of the Black Sea?”

  1. Papa Karlo says:

    These statues are no doubt waiting for Mr. Putin to have another scuba diving session and to bring some of them to the surface. Then the Russian TV will explain that Mr. Putin thanks to his superhuman abilities found another archaeological treasure for the whole mankind to cherish.

    • Philip Jennings says:

      Relax, “Karlo” Boy. In your weird planet and time dimension, Stalin still rules you in the Soviet Union; so we know you must be a bit upset.

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