How the Tsars bullied the people. [Scenes in each window] 1. Father-aged [one] and wife [Having] left you behind, and go to war 2. In service under the Tsarist bayonet They feed themselves by their fists! 3. Later they drive the crowd of you all like sheep to the slaughter. [Partial translation]

Poster Number: PP 1154
Category: Civil War
Poster Notes: Verses on this poster are by the Soviet poet and satirist, Dem'ian Bedny (Yefim Pridvorov).
Media Size: 29.5x22
Poster Type: Lithograph
Publishing Date: 1918
Technical Information on Poster: Moscow 1918
Catalog Notes: PP 1154 Civil War c
Artist: Krylov, N. — Крылов, Н.
Printer: Printer not indicated —
Publisher: VTsIK (All-Russian Central Executive Committee), Moscow — ВЦИК

Known by its acronym VTsIK (Vserossiyskii Centralny Ispolnitelny Komitet), the All-Russian Central Executive Committee of Soviets of Workers', Peasants', Red Army and Cossack Deputies was the highest legislative, administrative and amending body of government in the RSFSR (Russian Soviet Federative Socialist Republic) from 1917 until 1936. The initial Executive Committee was elected during the first All-Russian Congress of Soviets held in Petrograd (St. Petersburg) in June 1917. In late 1922, the Soviet Union was formed and it was comprised of the RSFSR along with three other Soviet republics. The All-Russian Central Executive Committee then became the second-highest level (federal-republic) governing body. Following a reformation of the Soviet Constitution in 1936, the Supreme Soviet of the RSFSR replaced VTsIK.