This commemorative plaque at Checkpoint Charlie is the one from the house in Moscow, where I used to live as a teenager. After the collapse of the Soviet Union, they removed such stuff, and this one was sold to Germany.
Here, outside the Mauermuseum, it is a reminder of the political persecutions during Brezhnev’s rule.
The Soviet leader was a target for jokes: about his brows, about his chest expansion surgery to make room for more medals, about his dementia, about his collection of luxury cars, etc. etc.
Brezhnev is also the one kissing his East German counterpart Erich Honecker on Dmitri Vrubel’s most famous mural on the Berlin Wall, depicting «Sozialistischer Bruderkuss» (Socialist Fraternal Kiss) and titled „My God, Help Me Survive This Deadly Love.” A copy of the plaque was brought back in the original place in 2013 … causing mixed feelings among the muscovites… _______________________
Эта мемориальная доска на Checkpoint Charlie – та самая, которая висела на доме, где я какое-то время жила в Москве. Её сняли в начале 90х и продали в Германию. А в 2013 году на старое место повесили копию, вызвав у кого-то недоумение, а у кого-то – удовлетворение…