"Russia's first museum of erotica is to open in St Petersburg -- with Rasputin's penis reputedly among the exhibits," ananova reported in May 2004. "Museum founder Igor Knyazkin says the 12-inch organ will be the star attraction. Mr Knyazkin, who is also the chief of the prostate research centre of the Russian Academy of Natural Sciences, said he was particularly proud of the pickled penis. He said: 'Having this exhibit, we can stop envying America, where Napoleon Bonaparte's penis is now kept. Napoleon's penis is but a small pod -- it cannot stand comparison to our organ of 30 centimetres.'"
Some time later, it was reported that visitors were rubbing their hands over the jar in which the penis was contained in the belief that it would make them better lovers. "It is," Knyazkin said without a trace of irony, "our biggest attraction."