by Jeff Davis
BRAIN TEASER-- WHICH OF STALIN'S JEW WIVES, SPOKE THE BEST HEBREW?
A Yahoo News article reports: “School exercise books decorated with an image of late Soviet dictator Josef Stalin bedecked with medals have become a top-seller at a Moscow store, prompting outrage from rights activists. ‘We had to restock the exercise books with the portrait of Stalin yesterday. They are selling very fast,’ a spokeswoman for Dom Knigi book store, one of Moscow’s largest, told AFP Thursday. ‘The exercise books in this series are selling very well,’ a spokesman for the Moscow-based publishers, Alt, confirmed to AFP.”
“The Stalin exercise book is one of a series of five called Great Names of Russia, all of which are lavishly decorated with gold stars and include historical photos and biographies of the figures. The other exercise books feature far less controversial Russian figures: Catherine the Great, space pioneer Sergei Korolyov, field marshal Mikhail Kutuzov who defeated Napoleon and composer Sergei Rachmaninov. ‘Stalin is the leader who stayed in power the longest and who headed the country during the hardest time of its history,’ the art director at the publishing house, Artyom Bilan, said, referring to World War II.” [Full story →]