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11.05.14 Rhett Jones

Animal Farm is a book that almost every American has to read in school, and it probably comes as no surprise that the reason for its ubiquity is propagandistic in nature. The US government was so taken with Orwell’s anti-Soviet communism allegory that they produced the famous animated film adaptation of the novel. Edward Howard Hunt was […]

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08.06.14 Marina Galperina

This bronze African Renaissance Monument towers above the slummy, unfinished house of the Mamelles district in Dakar, Senegal. It’s not exactly inspiring, as the Senegalese government is replete with corruption and is being investigated for embezzlement. Meanwhile, 47% of the country’s residents live below the poverty line. But wait, it looks… familiar… Slate’s Atlas Obscure blog explains: The colossal monument’s Soviet-influenced, […]

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07.17.14 Sophie Weiner

In these 1952 propaganda posters we see the now-defunct Detroit manufacturer Bohn Aluminum and Brass Corporation try to convince their employees that their unionizing was the beginnings of the country’s fall to communism. Their eerie disembodied hands (perhaps, the invisible hand of the market?) are juxtaposed with equally creepy, bad puns. A caption near a chessboard […]

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07.14.14 Marina Galperina

The Russian state media is a joke that keeps playing itself. Its latest tune is this report on a political “art exhibit” staged for a very shoddy state television news segment. As discovered by Radio Free Europe, the reason why the newscaster doesn’t name the gallery is because it isn’t a gallery. It’s a hallway. Here’s […]

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11.14.13 Marina Galperina

Far eastern Russian city Khabarovsk was never particularly homophobic, not until Putin signed the “anti gay propaganda” bill into law this summer. This year, geography teacher Alexander Yermoshkin, the city’s most known environmental and gay rights activist, was told that his 18-year career is over because a group called the Movement Against Sexual Perversions presented the school with 678 signatures […]

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08.29.13 Marina Galperina

Fresh young cops! Big bad criminals! A mafia bro’s girl that needs masculine rescue! This is one of the most popular genres of movies being made in Russia right now — Special Forces cops, now with feelings! The newest — Breaking Loose from director Alexey Uchitel — will premiere at the Toronto International Film Fest next month. It […]

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09.25.12 Aymann Ismail & Marina Galperina

Hate-monger Pamela Geller’s notorious anti-Islamic ads went up Saturday, deflecting a largely territorial-political conflict between Israel and Palestine with a blatantly racist and religiously-inciting slogan of “In any war between the civilized man and the savage, support the civilized man. Support Israel. Defeat Jihad.” So, ANIMAL made some alternative posters. […]

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06.06.11 Marina Galperina

Moleskine co was surprised when Russian Nashi Party’s creepy nationalist youth camp Seliger listed it as a major sponsor on their website. While they only agreed to quietly donate 30 of their very hip notebooks, they were practically billed as generous Nashi supporters. Russian bloggers called for a boycott and burnings of Moleskine “Kremlin propaganda […]

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04.28.11 Marina Galperina

Designer Steve Thomas offers his modernized take on the classic constructivist propaganda poster, warning you about the dangers of loose lips at the water cooler, idle Twitting and downloading diseased email attachments. Post these up at your office and you’ll get that 5 year plan done in no time! Posters are available for purchase and […]

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04.20.11 Marina Galperina

When Marx’s “religion is the opium of the masses” slogan was crazy popular, the Soviets were getting everyone off the Eastern Orthodox Jesus crack, whether they liked it or not. Enter Bezbozhnik (“Heathen” or “Godless”) magazine of the late, hooked-on-Stalin ’20s, spreading equal opportunity propaganda and damning all major religions. Oh, and USA’s racism and […]

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