I was reading up on the history of Soviet art, and a pretty obvious question came to me: what would it be like if the USSR never adopted the "Socialist Realist" art style as official, and therefore never suppressed alternative art styles? If you don't know, after the Russian revolution a variety of art styles flourished, including avant-garde ones. However, the art style which held the most favor with soviet officials was "socialist realism", which focused on everyday life, communism, and the working-class more generally. At first, the avant-garde and alternative styles were allowed to co-exist along with S. Realism, but in 1932 Stalin made SR the official art style of the soviet union, and suppressed all other art styles. There was a brief resurgence of avant-garde art in the 50s, but the idea of a state-mandated art style wasn't abandoned until 1986 and glasnost. But what if this was nipped in the bud? What if, for whatever reason, SR never became the official art style and alternatives continued to flourish? How would it affect soviet culture and international image? Hitler would no doubt see it as confirmation of the idea that Communism was promoting degenerate art, but what would western artists think? And what would you need to bring about such a change in the first place? Perhaps Stalin must be prevented from rising to power?