Well, you have to admit, those Communist Party Dictators sure knew how to live on the peasants’ dime just as well as royalty did. They just managed to do it with a lot more hypocrisy, which you wouldn’t think an easy thing to do. And ol’ Joe Stalin could live it up with the best of them.
One of our stops outside Sochi was to Stalin’s summer home, and Stalin’s infamous paranoia was clearly evident everywhere from the bulletproof sofa upon which he would nap:
Clear down to the keyhole covers Stalin could deploy to prevent prying eyes and ears:
Dictator chic was also in evidence throughout. The dining room, for instance:
An office fit for a Russian peasant . . . a really wealthy Russian peasant (is there such a thing?):
A nifty fireplace:
And then there’s the Stalin family photo album:
But, really, what is a summer home without the great outdoors?