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From cheery peasant girls in Tsarist times to Soviet-era cosmonauts to today's Pussy Riots, the changing face of Russia's matryoshka nesting dolls reflects the country's tumultuous history.After the Bolshevik Revolution, the dolls in the 1920s took a political turn, depicting workers in different trades, historical figures and even enemies of the people.One even has dolls inside dolls from the Soviet Union's many different ethnic groups.One set of 10 dolls at the exhibition wear yellow space helmets and come in a rocket-shaped case.In the late Soviet era, the dolls became more ornate, with brighter colors and outfits featuring large, stylized flowers. Mass-produced dolls today feature sports teams or Russian and Soviet leaders or pop stars, but most are still traditional."Matryoshkas are nearly all the same," said Pyotr Kozlov, a journalist who designs matryoshkas, selling them online under brand name Duxovnaya Skrepa.His first design was a moustachioed "rainbow doll" painted in the colors of the gay pride flag.
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