Notes of an Antiques Swindler
Mogilevsky presents readers with the world of collectors, swindlers, thieves and Soviet prisoners. There existed a non-traditional large group in the Soviet society – the collectors, which operated outside the law- as the Soviet law did not recognize private collections…
This group of private collectors supported an underground network of artists, falsifiers, swindlers and distributors who functioned in the Soviet underground. It was this sector of people who harbored the non-political but still people who refused to be bent by the Soviet regime and which indirectly rendered support for the future dissidents.
The book presents very valuable information that defines the fringes of the Soviet intellectuals that strived to retain some independence from the official imposed aesthetics.