Mit’ka – The Runaway. First scene: Brave Mit'ka the runaway, The example of a hero, Finally chose the time, To run away from the front line. Second scene: He ran all day. Night fell. Wind was blowing strongly. Mit'ka would like to find Shelter for the night. “Auntie! I’m running from the front line…I’m so tired…” “And where is your rifle?” “In the snow…I lost it running!” [Partial translation]

Poster Number: PP 795
Category: Civil War
Poster Notes: Verses on this poster are by the Soviet poet and satirist, Dem'ian Bedny (Yefim Pridvorov).
Media Size: 31x25
Poster Type: Lithograph
Publishing Date: c.1920
Sources & Citation: Soviet Posters of the era of the Civil War 1918-1921 by B.S. Butnik-Siverskii (1960), page 281, poster 1376
Catalog Notes: PP 795 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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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).

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