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I think Peter is going to be a pioneer...

Current working sketch of Peter for Peter and the Wolf: Soviet-Realist Tractor-Ballet inspired Pioneer-Puppet.

We discovered the story of Pavlik Morozov who was also known as Pioneer Number One. His "inspiring" story is that he reported his parents to the authorities for capitalist activity and being Kulaks. After they were imprisoned he was murdered by his grandfather making him a Soviet Martyr.

In fact he was never a pioneer. He probably didn't report his parents though he may have been a witness in a court fight between his parents who divroced. He was stabbed to death in the woods when he was 13 in 1932, but probably not by his family as the official story goes. There were statues of him all over the Soviet Union, and paintings, and story books. A good old bit of Soviet fake news designed to inspire children to inform against their parents. Nice.


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