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Poster - Capital Against the USSR

Capital Against the USSR

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    U.S.S.R. (made)

  • Date:

    1930 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Gr. Robe (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Colour lithograph

  • Credit Line:

    Gift of the American Friends of the V&A; Gift to the American Friends by Leslie, Judith and Gabri Schreyer and Alice Schreyer Batko

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level C, case 3G, shelf DR2

The Soviet Union's enemies are symbolised by a skull wearing a military helmet with a swastika and the legend "War on the USSR". In the eye sockets and nose cavity, counter-revolutionary forces join hands, represented by the Pope, a foreign capitalist and a kulak (a rich peasant). The kulaks had been resisting Stalin's drive to collectivise agriculture and were consequently demonised in propaganda.

Physical description

Cartoon images of the Pope, a foreign capitalist and a wealthy peasant, leaning out of the eye sockets and nasal cavity of a skull.

Place of Origin

U.S.S.R. (made)


1930 (made)


Gr. Robe (artist)

Materials and Techniques

Colour lithograph

Marks and inscriptions

(Cyrillic type)
from the Russian: Proletariat of the world/ unite in the struggle against capitalism!/ For the victory of communism!


Height: 74.1 cm, Width: 52.8 cm

Descriptive line

Pro-communism Soviet poster published by Gosizdat. USSR, 1930.


Ink; Paper


Colour lithography

Subjects depicted

Capitalism; Men; Propaganda; Communism; Politics; Helmet; Skull


Prints; Propaganda; Posters


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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