Farmer-Exploiter, Bandit and the Red Army. [Poem verses] Mitka Kunda, the company coward, Escaped in secret from the front line, Returned to his village, and showed up as a Surprise guest of some of the village’s wealthy men. The news spread through the village That Kunda came back from the front line! And the house of these wealthy men Was crowded with family members. Mitia, Mitia, come on, tell us How it happened you got out of the service Without your winding up in a court martial Held by the Bolshevik chikisty? [Partial translation]

Poster Number: PP 045
Category: Civil War
Poster Notes: Chikisty (mentioned in poem) were members of the Cheka, the All-Russian Emergency Commission for Combating Counterrevolution, Speculation and Sabotage-- forerunners to the KGB. The names Romacha, Tiutiunnik, and Makhno (mentioned elsewhere in the poem) were commanders of militia units in Ukraine during the Russian Civil War. The bandit with the club is likely a characterization of Nestor Makhno, leader of the Black Army of Ukraine.
Media Size: 34x26
Poster Type: Lithograph
Publishing Date: 1920
Catalog Notes: PP 045 Civil War
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.

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Publisher: State Publishing House, Kiev — Государственное издательство, Киев

The State Publishing House had its origins in Imperial Russia as the Royal Print Yard in St. Petersburg. As the Red Army controlled more provinces and cities in former Imperial Russia, the State Publishing House developed offices outside St. Petersburg. Kiev was a major city of Imperial Russia as well as of the USSR. Once Soviet control was established in Ukraine, publishing was concentrated in the State Publishing House that existed from 1919-1930. Today, Kiev is the capital of the Ukrainian Republic.

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