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Fiona Bruce and the owner of Grandfather Frost, John Findlater.<br />
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A wooden toy evil dictator Josef Stalin gave to a British boy at the wartime conference with Winston Churchill that led to the Cold War has emerged.<br />
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The sturdy object of Grandfather Frost - the Russian equivalent of Santa Claus - formed a bizarre centrepiece at a banquet at the 1945 Yalta Conference.<br />
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The meeting between Stalin, Churchill, and US president Franklin Roosevelt decided how Germany and Eastern Europe was to be broken up following World War Two.<br />
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It was decided Russia would take administrative control of Poland and went on to form the 'Iron Curtain'. The tow is to be shown on this Sunday's Antiques Roadshow.