Dmitri Vrubel

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Mein Gott, hilf mir diese tödliche Liebe zu überleben
Vrubel during the restoration

Dmitri Vladimirovich Vrubel (Russian: Дмитрий Владимирович Врубель; born 14 July 1960) is a Russian painter. He is best known for his East Side Gallery-painting My God, Help Me to Survive This Deadly Love, depicting the kissing communist leaders Leonid Brezhnev and Erich Honecker.

Vrubel was born in Moscow. His surname is a Russification of the common Polish surname Wróbel.


My God, Help Me to Survive This Deadly Love depicts the kissing communist leaders Leonid Brezhnev and Erich Honecker.[1] It was inspired by the kiss they had in 1979, during the celebration of the 30 years of the GDR.[2] In 2009 the painting was destroyed by the authorities, in order to have it repainted by Vrubel.[3][4]

In 2001, he and his wife, Viktoria Timofeyeva, created a large format calendar containing portraits of Russian President Vladimir Putin called "The 12 moods of Putin".[5] Each page of the calendar portrayed a different image of Putin and was an unexpected hit with the Moscow population.[5][6]


  1. ^ "Keep a Shadow of the Wall". The New York Times. December 2, 1990. pp. Section 4 page 18 of the New York edition. Retrieved 2009-06-18. In a lampoon of Socialist Realism, a Soviet artist, Dmitri Vrubel, depicts the Soviet leader Leonid Brezhnev kissing East Germany's former party boss, Erich Honecker. A caption says "God help me to survive this deadly love affair."
  2. ^ A photo here: Kisses which made history,
  3. ^ Göbel, Malte (27 March 2009). "Kiss of Death: Officials Erase Historic Berlin Wall Mural". Der Spiegel. Retrieved 2009-06-18.
  4. ^ Paterson, Tony (28 March 2009). "The stolen kiss: The Berlin Wall mural is erased". The Independent. Retrieved 2009-06-18.
  5. ^ a b "'Twelve moods of Putin' hits Russia". BBC News. 6 December 2001. Retrieved 2009-06-18.
  6. ^ "Next, they ought to do a t-shirt". United Press International. 7 December 2001. Retrieved 2009-06-18.[dead link]

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