A white horseman fighting a red dragon is portrayed on this poster with Orthodox churches in the background. It is obvious that the visual message ignores the interests and needs of the non-Russian and non-Orthodox population. The White leaders, stubbornly committed to the restoration of 'Russia, One and Indivisible', tended to alienate potential allies within the former Empire.
This did not go well in the age of self-determination. However, the Bolsheviks’ condemnation of colonialism did not stop them from bringing the former peripheries of the Empire under the banner of the Soviet Union in 1922.
- Article by:
- Dr Katya Rogatchevskaia
Katya Rogatchevskaia, Lead Curator of East European Collections at the British Library, discusses the various forms of propaganda in circulation during the Russian Revolution.