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Nostalgic Russians spur demand for Stalinist art

Sales at the twice-yearly auctions of Russian art in London are at the highest since 2008
Tuesday, June 2, 2015 - 05:50

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A painting by Soviet-era artist Yuri Pimenov. Prices for artworks from that period started to surge during the oil-fuelled economic boom that accompanied Mr Putin's rise to power in 2000 and now many of these paintings can go for several million dollars apiece, said the owner of an auction house in Moscow.

Moscow

JOSEPH Stalin created Socialist Realism by decree in 1932 to glorify Communism through art. Now Vladimir Putin's capitalists can't get enough of it.

Demand for painters once hailed by the Soviet dictator as "engineers of the soul" has never been higher, in part driven by a

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