Alexei Abrikosov (1875-1955) is primarily known as an outstanding Soviet pathologist, a recipient of Stalin's award, and the man who mummified Vladimir Lenin, founder of the Soviet Union still preserved for the public to see in Moscow's main square. These photographs, however, have little to do with the official life of Alexei Abrikosov in the Communist Russia. They belong to his life, before the Communist Revolution of 1917, the life which for a long time had to be hushed and forgotten.
Alexei Abrikosov comes from the Abrikosovs' confectionery empire, the largest in the 19th century Russia. His brother Dmitry, a diplomat, was stationed at the Imperial Russia's embassy in London in 1905-1908, where Alexei visited him. From there, brothers traveled to Cambridge, Paris, and Budapest. Рhotos from these trips offer lively and spontaneous views of popular tourist sites, many of which have not survived to our days.
Dmitry Abrikosov is the author of Revelations of a Russian Diplomat, U. of Washington, Seattle, 1964.