National Geographic : 1926 Nov
RUSSIA OF THE HOUR Photograph by "Russ-Photo" ELECTION OF A RURAL COUNCIL SOVIET Elections have recently been completed all over Soviet Russia, and about 60,000 women have been elected to the various village soviets, which correspond to our aldermanic councils. Women are showing an increasing interest in political affairs (see, also, text, page 541). Possibly in the departed days well-trained butlers served collations here. ROYAL LINEN PLENTIFUL IN MOSCOW The royal family table linen-there must have been several warehouses full of it, judging by the assortment which can be bought in Moscow stores-was on the long tables, but the silver and chinaware were such only in name. Girls in white dresses with red kerchiefs around their heads fed the hungry members. St. Andrew's Hall, a long, narrow, vaulted, overdecorated room, I60x7o feet and 60 feet high, is the legislative seat of the Soviet Government. Once it was the throne room, where the Tsars of all Rus sia, after Peter the Great moved the capi tal to St Petersburg, came for their sec ond coronation, carrying out the tradition that a Muscovite ruler must be crowned in Moscow. In those days a throne stood in the farther end of the hall. For previous sessions of the Tz. I. K. a curtain was dropped in front of the throne. This meeting had more appear- ance of permanency, though the hall is far from ideal as an auditorium or for purposes of assembly. Special furniture in dark, stained wood had been installed. A solid partition ran to the lofty ceiling in front of the throne. In its center, the Soviet seal of sickle and hammer in red and gold faced the members. In front of it was a high rostrum, like a judicial bench, for the officers of the meeting and the six presidents of the Tz. I. K., repre senting each of the six constituent repub lics. Below that was a speaker's rostrum with microphones to broadcast the pro ceedings. IMPERIAL CREST REMAINS IN THRONE ROOM The chairs of previous sessions had been replaced by banks of portable seats and desks. A low railing surrounded them; separate coops along the side were for the diplomatic corps, foreign news paper correspondents, Russian corre spondents, and favored visitors; while the general public was far in the rear.