The Soviet Union’s gigantic stash of porn

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There is a mountain of pornographic media buried deep in the Russian State Library. The Moscow Times’ Joy Neumeyer explores how the Soviet Union came into possession of 12,000 pieces of erotica, including scandalous paintings, bawdy limericks, and multiple copies of the Kama Sutra. Some of the titillating material was confiscated from aristocrats, while others originated from a librarian’s private collection. Unsurprisingly, “top Stalinist henchmen” had easy access to the tantalizing treasure trove. Civil war hero Semyon Budyonny and Soviet figurehead Mikhail Kalinin were reputedly among its fans.

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