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    Lenin Walking, statuette in Silumin alloy, with a 1978 presentation engraving, awarded in commemoration of the KGB Special Departments.

    Lenin Walking, statuette in Silumin alloy, with a 1978 presentation engraving, awarded in commemoration of the KGB Special Departments.

    About 13 1/8" tall with an almost 4" square base. One of sculptor Sychev's classic poses - but unusually rendered without the ubiquitous cap. Very nice quality sculpture. The source for this pose was undoubtedly one of the many circa 1920 photos of Lenin walking purposefully across Red Square on a Spring or Fall day. Since by the 1970s many men around the world no longer wore hats except in very cold weather, the removal of the cap may have been done to make Lenin look slightly more "contemporary" in this rendition.

    The plinth is engraved "In honor of the 60th anniversary of the Special Departments of VChK, from the Military Unit 11702, 19.XII (19)78." This may mean that the statuette was given as a gift to one of the Special Department officers of this unit or more likely, a visiting VIP who was a former Special Departments operative. Only the code number of the unit is mentioned in the inscription, but an Internet search shows the Unit #11702 was none other than 159th Rocket Brigade. Equipped with nuclear-tipped tactical ballistic missiles 8К14 (known in the West as Scud), this unit was one of the key components of the Soviet nuclear forces. In the 70s and 80s, the brigade was stationed in the Kiev area but took part in many military exercises including numerous rocket launches from the Kapustin Yar military space complex. Their mobile launchers were also prominent requisite fixture at the annual military parades on the Red Square.

    The Special Departments of Military Counterintelligence were organized in December 1918, just a year after the Cheka (VChK). Throughout much of Soviet history, the primary purpose of these state security units was to prevent a possible military coup or mutiny within the Soviet armed forces. Unlike the other KGB branches, its officers wore a regular military uniform - even though they were usually subordinate to state security, not military chain of command. This changed temporarily only during the Patriotic War when the Special Departments were renamed SMERSH (Russian acronym for Smert Shpionam or "Death to the Spies"). It is of course unusual to see a statuette or any item with an engraving referring to Special Departments - especially from a nuclear missile unit!

    The statuette is in excellent condition, completely free of damage or noticeable wear of any kind.


    $245.00  

     
       
     
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