Mushrooms in the USSR
In the USSR, wild mushrooms were a much loved and affordable delicacy.
There were lots of ways to use them in meals: mushrooms were fried, baked, grilled, added as a filling for pastries and dumplings, marinated, salted and served as a snack to ice vodka.
"Edible and poisonous mushrooms" Soviet booklet, 1965
Sometimes, rumours about poisoning would go around, but every mushroom picker knew the right method to distinguish safe mushrooms from poisonous ones.
"We are coming, we are coming - we’ll get rid of the the bourgeoisie” 1924 illustration from children’s magazine Murzilka.
Anthropomorphic mushrooms were the characters of Russian fairy tales.
"Tale of Mushrooms" booklet, 1924
In a famous 1991 televised hoax, Soviet musician Sergei Kuryokhin and reporter Sergei Sholokhov stated that Vladimir Lenin was a mushroom.