SIB was led by Solomon Lozovskii, who had substantial experience in foreign affairs as head of the ill-starred Profintern from 1921 to 1937 and deputy foreign minister to Viacheslav Molotov from 1939 to 1946.
In a 9 January 1945 presentation to SIB writers, Lozovskii discussed a recent visit to the Central Asian SSRs by Iranian Communists, who "said that they had never thought that in 28 years--indeed, Uzbekistan was late in arriving to the revolution, so, more precisely, 25 years--one of the former colonies could change so dramatically.
As Lozovskii believed, Soviet socialism in Uzbekistan could provide a model for Middle Eastern or Asian Communists.
Hence Lozovskii stressed that it would be inappropriate to produce a brochure on Soviet-Indian relations, "since we never had relations [with India], we can only wish them the speediest possible liberation from England.
On 13 January 1949, Lozovskii was called into the office of Georgii Malenkov, where he was forced to confess to anti-Soviet activity.
Examining the visual order created by Lozovskii and SIB--its reflection frozen, hovering, in the silver particles of the SIB collection--we may hope to find not only the rays of light that structured and continue to structure the Central Asian visual order but also, perhaps in their shadows, the possibility of a genuinely post-Soviet visual order for the region.
23) Lozovskii was referring to members of Western communist parties who held seats in legislatures during this period.
Lozovskii, Sokolov, Frolov, Maglievich, Evnovich, Troianovskii, Akoliia, Lazarev, Sharmanov, Sharov" (28 December 1946).
Like Lozovskii, he was posthumously rehabilitated within the CPSU.