Never Goodbye

In the Soviet Union during the Cold War, the only officially accepted artistic style was “socialist realism” – idealistic representations of a happy society that only existed in the speeches of Communist leaders.  Artists like Rukhin, who refused to conform to this style and created abstract art or chose controversial topics, were jailed or harassed by the KGB – a few were even killed.  Their struggle is one of the little known, yet great and heroic stories of the last century: they insisted on their artistic freedom even at the cost of making themselves targets of the world’s most formidable and brutal police state. 

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