“After personal archive research I found out other inflatable figures have been used in Moscow during Soviet celebrations. The inflatable figures had various themes from demonstrating technological progress with new high tech weather balloons, to their use as symbols of production carried by workers of a particular profession. They also created inflatables to ridicule political opponents. These comical inflatables of state enemies were a consciously planned “element of carnival”. The inflatable snake with the swastika on its head is a picture from the Red Square in 1934. It was mobilizing sentiments against the danger of national socialism in Germany.” aldus Artur van Balen op de V&A Blog.