“A yacht of Stalin” decided to sell to Azerbaijan


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Moscow river shipping company (MRP) is going to sell the ship “Maxim Gorky”, known as “the yacht of Stalin”, in the Azerbaijan Caspian shipping company. About it writes “Kommersant”. The Azeris want to turn the ship in the exhibit, where you can arrange a Museum of the Navy.

Now “Maxim Gorky”, was built in 1934 at the Nizhny Novgorod shipyard “Red Sormovo” used Nizhny Novgorod as a restaurant. In MCI want to complete the transaction in the first quarter. Negotiations are underway including with the administration of Nizhniy Novgorod, but they point out that it is not going to buy the ship, although he was regarded as one of the points of the Museum and the tourist project “Russia Maxim Gorky”.

Experts interviewed by the edition, consider that the transaction amount may be less than 20 million rubles, as the main objective of MRP is to get rid of an asset that constantly makes a loss.

The ship had spetsnaznachenija — the personal ship of Joseph Stalin and was designed by the military technical Department of the OGPU, the NKVD. While evidence that Stalin himself was resting on it, no. At the same time some top officials of the Communist party, including Lawrence Beria, Nikita Khrushchev, Leonid Brezhnev and Lazar Kaganovich, were on the ship repeatedly.

In 1950-ies “Maxim Gorky” lost VIP status. Since then, he served the delegation of ministries and departments, workers and creative collectives, and also carried passengers to the beaches in the suburbs.

After restoration in 2000-ies the boat became a banqueting and pleasure, but from 2014 is used solely as a restaurant.

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