Propaganda at its best (7): The diamond named after the 26th Congress of the Communist Party

In the little diamond mining town of Mirny, somewhere in the East of Siberia, it is customary to give a name to diamonds above a certain number of carats.

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Usually, they’re named “Veronika”, “Pushkin”, or after their discoverer’s name. But this one, a 342.5 carat diamond found in 1980, was named “26th Congress of the Communist Party”, Brejnev’s last congress.

There is no overzealous apparatchik in Soviet Russia!

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