Lenin, wife and "gun."   "Gun" moved away a little.

One rule, apparently forgotten here, is to pay attention to what's intruding into the camera's view. Lenin's sister, who took this photo in 1922, apparently does not notice the thing that looks like a gun pointed right at the head of Lenin's wife, Nadezhda. It's a telescope, but it becomes even more sinister-looking (right photo) after doctoring for a Lenin album published in 1960.
The Commissar Vanishes
Communism and Propaganda
The News in Russia
Reinventing the Bolsheviks
Stalin Controls his Image
The Art of Deception
The Soviet Message
Death is Not the End


At the close of Soviet Rule in the late 1980s, retouchers finally eradicate the threat.