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The black figure running is a common theme in paintings by Alexander Zhdanov. Mr. Krause said the man may be trying to flee communism, just at Zhdanov fled Russia. (Barbara L. Salisbury/The Washington Times)

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"I always complained that everything he painted was very dark, black and white," said Vassa Olson, Alexander Zhdanov's stepdaughter who now lives in Alexandria. (Barbara L. Salisbury/The Washington Times)