THE NAUGHTY
RUSSIAN
ALPHABET
The Soviet erotic alphabet book,
created in 1931 by the future People’s
Artist of the USSR — Sergei Merkurov.
MERKUROV’S SOLUTION TO THE PROBLEM
OF ILLITERACY? SEX!
Merkurov’s book is housed
in the Russian State Library —
it’s part of their secret collection
of erotica from around the world.
PICTURE CREDIT: RARUSS.RU
“There is no sex in the USSR” is a popular catchphrase that is often used when talking about the Soviet period. This Soviet-era alphabet book proves that this is totally untrue. In fact, it suggests that the citizens of the East were actually having the best sex ever.
The alphabet was created in 1931 by a People’s Artist of the USSR, and academic at the Soviet Academy of Arts, Sergei Merkurov. He was one of the most prominent and honored Soviet sculptors, well known for his three colossal national monuments of Stalin.
Merkurov’s alphabet seems to be influenced by ancient Roman erotic art, which explains the origin of the cute flying penises.
It has been suggested that Merkurov, being a dedicated Communist, created the alphabet with the purpose of eliminating illiteracy among the working class. Indeed, it is difficult to imagine a more exciting way to learn your ABCs; I wonder whether it would be possible to absorb even more complex knowledge using this same type of arousing content?