It's a good thing we have computers and the internet to help us solve the mysteries that spring upon us. I found GazoPa, a "similar image search" engine that tries to match all the images on the internet with an image that you upload. Desperate for help in solving our mystery, I gave it a try. There are literally thousands of images that share some similarity to our mystery photo, ranging from scenic shots to x-ray photos to portraits. These two seem to be the most likely matches:
This first one is Dmitri Mendeleev (try wikipedia if you don't remember him from your chemistry studies).
The second is a statue of Vladimir Lenin (if you must, you can also learn about him at wikipedia). Do these images have anything to do with our mystery photo? If they do, what is the connection? Is there another image on the internet that gives us more insight into this mystery? So many questions.... but so few answers.