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June 24, 2014 8:01 AM   Subscribe

Inside the Soviet Union's Secret Erotica Collection (The Moscow Times). "Across from the Kremlin, the country's main library held a pornographic treasure trove." Photogallery. "Legend has it that Soviet henchmen used to come to the archive".
posted by stbalbach (25 comments total) 18 users marked this as a favorite

 
That Photogallery is totally false advertising, man!
posted by lagomorphius at 8:08 AM on June 24 [9 favorites]


Secret Soviet Erotica is the name of my next band
posted by The Whelk at 8:17 AM on June 24 [3 favorites]


In Russia, back comes in YOU.
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 8:20 AM on June 24


Well that didn't deliver.
posted by Stonestock Relentless at 8:21 AM on June 24 [3 favorites]


From one of the captions: "Other materials shown to our reporter are too explicit to show on our website."

Sure.
posted by Curious Artificer at 8:24 AM on June 24 [1 favorite]


Not Safe for Wankers of the USSR?
posted by Daddy-O at 8:33 AM on June 24


I, for one, get turned on by pictures of library shelves.
posted by dances_with_sneetches at 8:34 AM on June 24 [6 favorites]


"Gore Vidal" and "Erotica" are not a combination I ever want to ponder again.
posted by Think_Long at 8:34 AM on June 24 [2 favorites]


Legend has it that Soviet henchmen used to come to the archive

They went for the articles, right?
posted by filthy light thief at 8:47 AM on June 24


They went for the articles, right?

I thought Russian didn't have articles. Is this what makes them titillating?
posted by Mrs. Pterodactyl at 8:49 AM on June 24 [25 favorites]


I, for one, get turned on by pictures of library shelves

If you only knew...
posted by sammyo at 8:50 AM on June 24


Amused to notice that J.G. Ballard's "Crash" is among the English-language books seized at the border. I can only imagine some Brezhnev-era apparatchik's reaction to that one; for once, they wouldn't be wrong in considering the book an artifact of decadent capitalism.
posted by ThatFuzzyBastard at 9:03 AM on June 24 [4 favorites]


Union of Soviet Socialist Republics why are your libraries full of sperm?
posted by thelonius at 9:12 AM on June 24


I was hoping for something like Pornosec from 1984. This is actually more interesting in a way.
posted by Hactar at 9:33 AM on June 24


Who needs porn when you have communal housing?
posted by The 10th Regiment of Foot at 9:40 AM on June 24


Wankers of the world, unite! You have nothing to lose but your wrists.
posted by Spatch at 9:45 AM on June 24


Secret Soviet Erotica is the name of my burlesque Boney M cover band.
posted by Tknophobia at 11:43 AM on June 24


Потолочный аппаратчик смотрит на тебя дрочить.
posted by Ogre Lawless at 12:39 PM on June 24 [2 favorites]


I came here to say something clever, but everyone beat me to it.
posted by charismatic megafauna at 2:52 PM on June 24


Metafilter: I came here to say something clever, but everyone beat me to it.
posted by telstar at 3:45 PM on June 24 [3 favorites]


Surely it should be "Legend has it that Soviet henchmen used to come IN the archive".
posted by graventy at 6:05 PM on June 24 [1 favorite]


Metafilter: I came here to say something clever, but everyone beat me to it.


*d'oh!*
posted by mazola at 10:23 PM on June 24


If only you knew

Non-Soviet library porn is a thing
posted by evil_esto at 2:19 AM on June 25


Not suitable for vegetarians proletarians.
posted by acb at 4:26 AM on June 25


Non-Soviet library porn is a thing

Of course as the joke goes: in Soviet Russia library porn secretly shoots you!
posted by The 10th Regiment of Foot at 10:00 AM on June 26


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