Gorbachev and Communist Leaders. Most of the the early "Gorby" (the warmhearted term for Gorbachev) dolls were made by talented amateurs in the Soviet Union in the mid to late 1980's through the end of the 1990's. This one is a somewhat more unusual set from that predates 1991. Mikhail Gorbachev transformed the USSR when he unleashed a pair of political and cultural shock waves that led to freedom of expression. The first wave was "Перестройка" (Perestroika, i.e., "Rebuilding") and the second wave was "Гласность" (Glasnost, i.e, Openness). Gorbachev is wearing a blue suit surrounded by flags, including that of the Soviet Union, the USA, Germany, and Japan. His smile is benevolent. On early sets there are no depictions of Boris Yeltsin as he had yet to arrive on the scene. Leonid Brezhnev is the second piece covered with military medals on his favorite brown suit. The Ukrainian "peasant" and First Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union Nikita Khrushchev holds an ear of corn symbolizing his agricultural policy of promoting it. Stalin, in green fatigues, holds his "Papa Joe" pipe and a dagger. Lenin, in his dark brown suit, sports a red hammer and sickle. Tsar Nicholas II holds the symbols of monarchy: an orb and scepter. The last piece is a Volga Tatar, symbolizing the French saying: "Scratch at the Russian and underneath you will see the Tatar".
Very good condition with some minor signs of age. Moscow, 7 nest, 9½" tall down to 2".