Workers and farmers! Enlist in the Red Army. Forward to liberate Bessarabia!

Poster Number: PP 024
Category: Civil War
Poster Notes: Poster shows Communist Hungary (the star), Bessarabia (a chained woman) surrounded by Romania (a dragon). Today, the nation of Moldova encompasses the lands of former Bessarabia. In late 1917, the Provisional Government in Russia declared the Moldavian Democratic Republic to be an autonomous republic of Russia. By May 1918, Austro-Hungarian troops occupied the northern part of Bessarabia and gave it over to Romania. After Bessarabia was incorporated into Romania unrest broke out and the Soviets (now in control of the Russian government) gave an ultimatum to Romania demanding its withdrawal from the region. To enforce their demand, they sent in the Red Army and routed the Romanians out (for a time) enabling a Besarabian Soviet Republic-- the theme of this poster-- to be formed. The Soviets never controlled Bessarabia to any extent as its land was officially governed by Romania. The Soviets disregarded Romanian sovereignty over Bessarabia and took action again in the summer of 1940 when the Red Army advanced on Bessarabia and the Moldavian Soviet Socialist Republic was formed whereby Bessarabian land became part of the Soviet Union.
Media Size: 30.5x22
Poster Type: Lithograph
Publishing Date: c.1919
Catalog Notes: PP 024 Civil War b
Artist: Artist Unknown — неизвестный художник

The artist's name on the poster is not indicated. By assigning Artist Unknown to a poster it also could mean the artist used a chop mark whereby no signature is seen thus rendering the artist's identity anonymous.

Printer: Printer not indicated —