The Central State Hospital housed the insane as well as

enemies of the state — writers, intellectuals, artists: persons who expressed

forbidden ideas, or simply individuals who failed to exalt the

state and the New Dogma, such as Ivan Vremsky, an

art professor who had libeled the work of the great

Potemkin, official state portrait artist, whose works, including portraits of

Krinsky and all the party secretaries, adorned the halls of

power in the capital and whose depictions of the glorious

revolution and the persons who made it inspired the proletariat

to heroic sacrifices in the name of the New Dogma.

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