1893 - 1930

“Polish Front. Freedom is only deserved by those who take up their rifle to defend themselves."

Multiple printing
Color poster (Lithograph)
44 x 49 cm

“Window Rosta”, or “Rosta Posters” were propagandistic means of communication used in the Soviet Union to communicate important messages and instill specific ideology in the mass mind. ROSTA is the acronym for Russian Telegraph Agency, the state news agency from 1918 to 1935.

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Vladimir Mayakovsky was a Russian Soviet poet and playwright. At age 15, he joined the social-democratic Labor Party and was imprisoned several times for his involvement in that group. He began writing poetry in solitary confinement. In 1910, he attended the Moscow Art School, where he met the poet David Burliuk and became a leader and prominent figure in the Russian Futurist movement.

The Russian Revolution of 1917

The Russian Revolution is the set of events leading in February 1917 to the spontaneous overthrow of the Tsarist regime in Russia, then in October of the same year to the takeover of power by the Bolsheviks and the installation of a Leninist regime (" communist").

The latter led to a very violent civil war, pitting the Bolsheviks against the White Armies and a range of other adversaries (Makhnovshchina, Green Armies, etc.). The conflict was accompanied by a collapse of the Russian economy, which had begun during the First World War, and a particularly deadly famine: it ended with the victory of the Bolsheviks and the reconstitution, under the aegis of the USSR, of the majority of the territories of the former empire. The revolution in Russia also gave rise to communism, a political regime founded by Lenin.