Comrades, all together to the Urals! Death to Kolchak and to the followers of the Tsar and capitalism.

Poster Number: PP 017
Category: Civil War
Poster Notes: This poster references Aleksandr Vasil'evich Kolchak (1874-1920) the Supreme Ruler of White Russian forces during the Civil War.
Media Size: 44x31
Poster Type: Lithograph
Publishing Date: 1919
Catalog Notes: PP 017 Civil War
Artist: Kiselis, Petr Yul’evich (Yur’evich) — Киселис, Пётр Юрьевич (Юрьевич)

Petr Yul’evich Kiselis was born in the Kovno Province of the Russian Empire in what is today the Republic of Lithuania. In 1906, he attended courses at the Central School of Technical Drawing managed by Barron Aleksander Stieglitz. He continued his studies between 1907 and 1908 at the Drawing School Society for the Encouragement of the Arts. From 1910 to 1912, Kiselis again enrolled (under the surname Kissel) into the Central School of Technical Drawing. From 1913 to 1916 (using the surname Kisselisov) he attended the Saint Petersburg Imperial Academy of Arts.

Printer: Printer not indicated —
Publisher: All-Russian Bureau of Military Commissars, Agitation and Education Department — Всероссийское бюро военных комиссаров (VBVK)

The publishing arm of the All-Russian Bureau of Military Commissars (VBVK) is considered the Bolsheviks' first central political organ for the Red Army. Its history dates to April 1918 when the People’s Commissariat for Military Affairs issued a decree forming military councils (soviets). This action established commissariats for military matters at the rural, provincial and district levels, and it formed the All-Russian Bureau of Military Commissars (VBVK), a bureau that was the cornerstone for the development of the modern Soviet Military. The All-Russian Bureau of Military Commissars organized and implemented the Party’s political work among the troops and assumed political control via its specialists, Party cells and political sections. In April 1919, the All-Russian Bureau of Military Commissars was dissolved and in its place was established (between May and October) the Political Section of the Revolutionary Military Council (PUR) that took command of political, educational and agitation work in the military. During the Russian Civil War PUR formed the backbone of leadership within the political agencies operating inside the Red Army and the Red Navy. In 1920, PUR was reconstituted into the Political Administration of the Red Army (PURKKA).