Ogonek and Lenin
The most striking item in this edition is an article by Stalin entitled ‘The First Meeting with Lenin’, in which he describes the history of his early encounters with the soon-to-be holy figure.
However, this article was not written for publication in Ogonek at all. It is in fact part of the text of a speech Stalin gave to a Memorial Meeting of the Kremlin Military School on January 28th. of the previous year. There is no reference to this at all, and the article is presented as though written by Stalin especially for this issue. It even bears his signature.
The full text of the original speech is available in English here at the Marxist Internet Archive. It is famous for its use of the phrase ‘The Mountian Eagle of the Party’ to describe Lenin. Stalin was keen to be singled out as the true heir of Lenin’s genius and finding original ways to deify Illich was part of the plan.
THE DAYS OF SORROW AND MOURNING
These are scenes from the lying-in-state and funeral of Lenin the previous year. The captions read:
1 and 2: The Farewell Artillery Salute at 4pm. on 27/1 /1924
3. Queues of people wanting to say goodbye to the body of the great leader
4. They are getting warm as they wait for their turn to enter the House of Unions
5.The construction of the tomb on Red Square
6. The first workers’ delegations
Advertisement for a labour camp
This splendid avant-garde advertisement appears inside the back cover. It says:
Kriukovskaya Factory-Labour Colony
Brick Factories, Soap Factory, Wood Cutting Factory, Mill
PRODUCING GOODS OF BETTER QUALITY
Wholesale – at our factory or delivered to buyer’s store
Main office: Oktyabr Railway, Kriukovo Station.
Department: Moscow, Furkasovski 8
The only things that is not splendid about it is that this was a labour camp . It still is, in fact. It is in the North-Western Moscow suburb of Zelenograd, nearby the railway. Today there are two prisons on the site: Колония-поселение №2 (Lower category prison) and СИЗО-12 (Remand prison). The factories advertised above have been replaced with the production of: Reinforced concrete, interior doors, and polystyrene. The prisoners also (reportedly) unload railway wagons of stone ballast, put together plastic flowers for funeral wreaths and keep sheep, chickens and hens.