This plate presents a supremely powerful vision of the aspirations and ideals of the new regime at the beginning of what was believed to be a transformational era in Russian history. It is also part of a tradition of trying to exert political influence through the use of symbols, images and words. In some cases these attempts are on the part of the state and political parties or other organisations; in others it is individuals who try to persuade and influence people.
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