08/04/2011 02:19 am ET | Updated Oct 03, 2011

Moscow Sex Museum Is Latest Undertaking On For Former Presidential Candidate Alexander Donskoy

Reporting from Moscow— A boy from a poor family makes good, opens the first sex shop in his hometown, wins the mayor's job by a landslide, defies the Kremlin, goes to prison, gets barred from politics and ends up where he started: surrounded by sex toys, including a set of erotic Matryoshka nesting dolls that he delights in showing off.

The story of Alexander Donskoy's entrepreneurial and political odyssey, complete with his decision to open Moscow's first sex museum, might sound like a bizarre script from a second-rate screenwriter. But it surprises few in Russia in these days of political intrigue and no-limits capitalism.