labor poster

People saying it makes sense to sentence a man to 15 years of hard labor for stealing a poster, even from a forbidden area, even if the poster is technically government property, is an example of reasonable reaction to infiltration make me literally embarrassed when they know that they’d find it absurd to have the same sentence in any other country for a similar crime, and as though being at war with the US makes any and all actions reasonable and excellent and noble steps toward the advancement of the socialist cause.

15 years! Like there is no ground between no punishment at all and 15 years of labor!

I’m certainly not the first person to say this, but it truly is wild to see people defend sentencing someone to fifteen years of hard labor for stealing a poster.

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The art of propaganda in Soviet Posters

Soviet Posters: Pull-Out Edition
by Maria Lafont and Sergo Grigorian
Prestel
2014, 48 pages, 11.1 x 13.6 x 0.4 inches
$20 Buy a copy on Amazon

After the Russian Revolution in 1917, the Soviet Union was flooded with striking posters spreading communist propaganda. Masterfully created by prominent Russian artists who originated constructivism as an art movement, the avant garde posters promoted a government-backed agenda, with messages that included: calling all workers to join the Militia Army, glorifying Karl Marx, forbidding religion, fighting fascism, praising the newfound Cuban-Soviet friendship, celebrating the Soviet arts, and, by 1980, promoting peace, work, and Labor Day.

Soviet Posters offers a collection of 22 large-format removable posters printed on thick sturdy paper. The back of each poster gives us its title, date, and brief description of the poster’s intention and meaning. Because of the original posters’ perishable nature – battered by weather and carelessly tossed when new messages replaced them (approximately 1-million posters were printed a year) – you’ll notice imperfections on some of the prints, which only adds to the beauty and historical significance of these now collectible works of art. – Carla Sinclair

February 24, 2015