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No to War!

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    USSR (printed)

  • Date:

    1970 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Briskin, V. (artist)
    Ivanshenko, O. (editors)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    colour offset 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 DR22

This poster is a typical example of 1970s Soviet propaganda, taking as its subject the Cold War arms race. The USSR here aligns itself with the countries of the Socialist bloc as pacifist states, directly opposed to the perceived militaristic North American and European nations that formed the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO).
One of the crucial issues of Soviet Union geopolitics was opposing NATO's placement of Pershing rockets in strategically important areas.

Physical description

An unarmed Soviet fighter is depicted in white fighting with an equestrian figure of death (in black). The latter is shown wearing a military helmet with ‘US’ written on it. Black rockets appear across the brown background.

Place of Origin

USSR (printed)


1970 (made)


Briskin, V. (artist)
Ivanshenko, O. (editors)

Materials and Techniques

colour offset lithograph

Marks and inscriptions

'No’ to War!
translated from the Russian

‘”Izobrasitel’noye Iskusstvo”, Artist – V.Briskin, Editor – O.Ivashenko; tirage – 66,000; price – 10 kopeek; Kalinin Typography, 6 Lenin Prospect.’
lower left margin


Height: 88.5 cm, Width: 58.7 cm

Descriptive line

Soviet anti-war propaganda poster by V. Briskin. "No to War!" Kalinin, USSR. 1970.

Production Note

made in Kalinin, 23/11/1970


Paper; Ink

Subjects depicted

Ideology; Propaganda; Militarism; Politics; Communism; War


Prints; Propaganda; Posters


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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