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This is how imperialists are disarming!

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Moscow (made)

  • Date:

    1932 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Kochergin, N., born 1897 - died 1974 (artist)
    Kolushko, E. (editor)
    Zitkov, R. (editor)
    Izogiz (publishers)

  • 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 DR20

The so-called "imperialistic" countries, shown here as Great Britain, the United States, France, Italy and Japan, are represented as military tanks aimed at the bare hand of the Soviet Union. Symbolically, the USSR is conveying that it poses no threat. Meanwhile, the graph shows the rising military budgets of capitalist countries. Coupled with the quote from Josef Stalin, this propaganda poster presents the West as a hostile and threatening force.

Physical description

A massive hand pointing at the figure "2. 324 million dollars" appears above the image of military tanks. A bar graph shows military spending in 1914, 1923 and 1931.

Place of Origin

Moscow (made)


1932 (made)


Kochergin, N., born 1897 - died 1974 (artist)
Kolushko, E. (editor)
Zitkov, R. (editor)
Izogiz (publishers)

Materials and Techniques

colour lithograph

Marks and inscriptions

The bourgeois countries are frantically arming and rearming themselves. What for? Of course not for discussion - but for war!
Cyrillic type

Military budgets of the UK, France, Italy, the USA and Japan

Each coin is equal to 200 million dollars

This is how imperialists are disarming!

monogram of N. Kochergin

OGIZ-IZOGIZ Moscow 1932 Leningrad Section of Pictorial Statistics

Price 40 Kopek

Tirage 20,000


Height: 52.7 cm, Width: 73.2 cm

Descriptive line

Soviet propaganda poster. USSR, 1932.

Production Note

17/04/1932 ready for production; 07/05/1932 ready for printing


Paper; Ink

Subjects depicted

Hands; Ideology; Tanks; Militarism; Propaganda; Graphs


Prints; Propaganda; Politics; Posters


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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