Comrade Stalin wanted to turn Moscow city into an 8th Wonder of the World, thus he was planning on constructing some buildings that would look tremendous. Most of his dreams have not come true, Moscow hasn’t become a World’s Wonder and the buildings were left just on paper, probably because of WW2 was taking place and then the country was recovering from its consequences. Still the designs are fun to look at:
Moscow could attract a lot more travellers if there was something like this built.
And a little Russian story about Stalin.
Stalin wanted Russian engineers to build a new army plane, with superior characteristics. He invited the main engineer, comrade Ivanov, to his office in Kremlin and ordered him to have the plane ready in two months. “But according to our secret service, it would take 1 year for Americans to build such a plane!” replied the engineer. For this Stalin said: “I can’t understand comrade Ivanov, are you an American?”. It has been said that after that the plane was built in time, after two months.