KGB Museum in Prague
Writes the author of LJ aikarpov: I heard about the Museum of Communism in Prague, read reviews and didn’t rush to go, although I like every kind of cranberry. Review was quite enough, and souvenirs with Lenin are not needed. :) But I didn’t hear about the KGB museum and only learned from this poster, so I decided to visit.
As a result, the museum was not really a museum, but rather a small, private, non-systematized collection that occupies a couple of rooms and is related to the security agencies and the USSR in general. In itself, it is of interest only if you are aware that you are in front of you - for there are few signatures. Therefore, the guide is attached to it (he is the owner of the museum), who delivers about two thirds of the impressions of the visit.
I am not a particular fan of writing reports on museums (for I think that you still have to go there yourself), because the photographs and descriptions are given in bulk, without any logic. :)
1. Entrance to the museum. It is easy to find him - he is in a couple of houses after the US embassy, a little before reaching the German embassy.
2. The workplace of the owner of the museum - when he does not conduct a tour. The ticket costs 250 CZK (approximately 375 rubles).Generally expensive, but once you can and allow.
3. One of the rooms of the museum, about a quarter of the collection.
4. Opposite wall
5. In the basement room stand with a photo of Dzerzhinsky and his followers.
6. Death mask of Lenin ("from the Lenin room of Smolny")
7. Banners on the walls and reproductions of fairly famous paintings from the life of Lenin
8. Returning upstairs - tableware and items
9. Table literature, a couple of headdresses from the early ones, radio receivers
10. The corner dedicated to the Gulag - a pair of stands with "souvenirs", a guard's coat, a padded jacket and bast shoes of a prisoner
11. Map of the camps
12. The prisoner's figurine and a knife, “a gift to Nathan Frenkel from the best workers of BelBaltLag”.
13. Something from the pioneer-Komsomol times, and above again hats
14. Hats, cameras (completely civil), headphones, below - an army flask with a pot, transformer hatchets (hatchet, saw, bayonet, paddle)
15. PPP, a few knives, handcuffs, strangled wire noose, Gigli's wire saw. Infrared lights in the box below
16. Top hats again, and below - a dozen different radio stations
17. Memo to the soldier-internationalist, it was claimed that the original.
18.General view of the second room of the museum. Behind the scenes - stand GULAG
19. A slice of the SNB stand (Sbor Narodni Bezpecnosti) - Czechoslovak National Security Service. Female form, epaulets.
20. Tablets. "Shame, concealed talk" I really liked :)
21. Literature. Something forensic, a textbook of a member of the National Security Council, a law on the protection of state secrets, a criminal law (criminal code, I think)
22. Clothes, a bas-relief of Stalin (there are many of them), a bust of Dzerzhinsky with a dedication
23. Several cameras shooting cigarette case
24. Personal belongings from Dzerzhinsky's desk — a ciphering machine, a magnifying glass, a knife for papers and a cigarette case with cocaine.
25. Ice ax
26. Coats of arms of the republics of the USSR. It is difficult for me to date, but, judging by the emblem of the RSFSR, there is no star, it is written by RSFSR - the banner should be older than 1954. Although the coat of arms of the Karelian-Finnish SSR no longer has fifteen ribbons - this is 1956. But the motto on the Belarusian coat of arms is still “Proletars of the Holy Land!” Means until 1958. So, probably 1956-58, if not fake.