The Soviet era in Russia was a period of economic
stagnation, political oppression -- and really gorgeous vacuum cleaners. A look
at the space-age design that characterized those years, from the new book Made in Russia.
The march toward openness and democracy in the Soviet Union began under my
great-grandfather, Nikita Khrushchev, flowered under Mikhail Gorbachev, and
has nearly been erased in Vladimir Putin's Russia.