24 Art Of Soviet Propaganda

Art Of Soviet Propaganda

Posted on January 27, 2011 by team

Right after the October Revolution  bolsheviks organized a powerful informational war. In this post a great selection of propaganda posters of that time is gathered.

“Retreating the White Army is burning down the wheat”

“Criminal is the one who kills young domestic animals.

Extend the herds! It is our salvation!”

“Red Army Figter! Remember that you take care of what is your own”

Caricature of kulaks and priests

“Lands and factories to landlords and capitalists”

“Devil doll” – the Entente

“Cossack, you’ve got the only way – with “Labor Russia”

“Only Red Army will give us bread! Red Army advances – the bread stocks are growing”

“The ship of counter-revolution crashes against Soviet strongholds”

“Electrification and counter-revolution”

“Wrangel is advancing! Black robber wants to take our bread, coal and oil, workers and peasants”


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24 Responses to “Art Of Soviet Propaganda”

  1. OLUT says:

    While they are kinda neat looking and command your attention, it was a sad thing that artists in the Soviet Union were forced to make only one form of art. It’s sad to stifle creativity.

  2. Chris says:


    @olut, how do you know artists were restricted to only one form of art?

    • SovMarxist1924 says:

      They weren’t limited in the 20s. Suprematism and other modern art was allowed until Stalin (and Zhdanov) shut it all down and required socialist realism in the 30s.

  3. George Johnson says:

    Insanity. They promise one thing and deliver something totally different.

    I keep thinking about Cuba and their revolution when Castro came to power. They wanted that revolution as much as he did. but he lied to them about what they were going to get. If they knew how their lives were going to be, I bet they NEVER would have supported him.

    Same thing here. I wonder how many Russians would have supported the revolution (supported by Germany, and paid for by Germany), had they known what was really coming. I think not that many…..

    • Gsom says:

      People were glad to get rid of the monarchy, so they supported the Reds. The Soviet government kept its word. Of course councils were sometimes severe and even cruel, but without strict control of Russia would not become a great power.
      Look at Russia today. We are living in poverty because now we have capitalism. Everyone only cares about their money. Russian should be forced to work, or we will destroy ourselves.
      And by the way, the Soviet terror was just terrible for those who violate the law. Decent people lived peacefully.

      Sorry for my english.

    • Cubanacan says:

      The Embargo is responsible for Cubas woes… gracias marielitas

  4. Musa says:

    These are great, thanks.

  5. cockatrice says:

    Celebrating the political move
    from Authoritarian Autocracy
    to Authoritarian Bureaucracy

  6. CZenda says:

    The number of posters with propaganda directed against Entente is surprising. What is not surprising in Russia is that both Bolsheviks and Whites used caricatures of Jews to identify their enemy.

  7. Anatole says:

    These are beautiful, I hadn’t seen many of them before. The early Soviets fought a truly heroic battle against capitalism for peace, culture and development. The party of Lenin and Trotsky, and the brave Russian working class, remain inspiration for human freedom to this day.

  8. Anatole says:

    One more thing – Czenda, there are no anti-Semitic caricatures in the Soviet posters, for the simple reason that the Bolsheviks fought the anti-Semitic pogroms by the Black Hundreds, for decades before the October Revolution. Many Jews were in the Bolshevik party; many more were allied in the Bund. It’s also why so many Jews rallied to the international Communist movement, and why the Whites, Nazis and Henry Ford were able to point to a ‘Bolshevik Jewish’ conspiracy. Get your facts straight before you malign one of the magnificent achievements of the early Soviets.

  9. SovMarxist1924 says:

    Now this is art.

  10. Bogdanov says:

    The pro-literacy posters were deadly accurate. The Bolsheviks got education right.

  11. Left SR says:

    The poster: “People eating each other are not cannibals…” is obviously about the horrific famine of 1921. A chilling, sober poster. A grim, black chapter in Russian/Soviet history.

  12. Gsom says:

    “We deliver freedom to the world” and “The Soviets are the alarm of people” are applications to the ABC book

  13. are you kidding says:

    Capitalism has been around since humans could trade goods and services. It is the modern world economy of today .

  14. Richard W. says:

    While the years passed there was so much upheaval in Russia, these are a grim reminder of life and how difficult things were. Many starved or were slain or robbed. Today Russia is in a much better place with more ability to rise out of desperate living . In the US things much like this with the American Indians, and even today, parts of the past come to haunt us. Mabe life in the 21’st century will bring a better way for all, but the world still looks very grim.

  15. Virginia says:

    This is just amazing. Thanks for sharing.

  16. the king says:

    2nd pic: mah boi

  17. Dragi Jablanovic says:

    Is that Trotsky as the devil?

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