Inside [the box] it is a colored picture of the Kremlin—one would think it would be as exotic to the West as the pyramids and sphinxes. But in fact, for the West, the Kremlin is not at all exotic, not at all a Cheops pyramid. The Kremlin is a real, driving political and moral force for the workers and oppressed nationalities of the world, a flame that lights up the world. <...> The Kremlin catches the eyes not only of Europe, but also of Asia, Australia, and America. Life is changing before our eyes, and I propose to organize a society for collecting the minutiae of a changing world.
Konst. Vaginov, ‘Bambochada’, 1929-1930