The Russian Revolution of 1917 caused profound disruption to traditional craft in Russia and Ukraine. There were many negative effects, but here I want to briefly discuss the nationalization of the ceramic factories, the collective artisanal centers, and the other means of governmentally approved craft production that politically compromised the global reputation of these businesses.
But this new age of ceramic independence has also meant that "Soviet" ceramics are undergoing a re-assessment as the decades pass, and the connections to these factories' pre-Soviet past is better appreciated.
Maybe it's just a case of... if things get old enough, somebody starts collecting them. Jordon Peterson, for example, is well know for his collection of Soviet Realist paintings, "routinely proffered as evidence of his profound ethical commitment to understanding the forces of evil in the world."
My own interest is, frankly, a sentimental one. As a five year old, I knew I wasn't supposed to touch the one or two figures that my grandmother owned, high on a treasure shelf. The "Forbidden Fruit Effect" left its impression. The figures in themselves are fascinating to me, and the little known history of their creators has, subsequently, also proved of interest.