On this day, 8 November, in 1917 the Bolskeviks (to be Communist Party) gained control of Russia. Often called the October Revolution, it actually corresponds with 6 – 8 November under the Gregorian Calendar.
The Bolskeviks gained popularity from the masses by cultivating a popular following, employing slogans such as this:
Peace, Bread, Land – Bolshevik slogan, 1917.
Whilst the slogan seems to be quite a rudimentary, it’s interesting to note that campaign slogans have not progressed much since 1917: “Forward” – Obama (2012), “Yes we can!” – Obama (2008) , “Yes, America can!” – Bush (2004) [is it just me or is this oddly similar to Obama’s?]…
There are many things that can be said for the Communist Society that ensued for the next 75 years. I believe that the fabric of Communism was rather accurately summarised:
For those who were isolated from the gulags, mass-atrocities, food shortages and NKVD/KGB political persecution, one legacy that the USSR did provide its citizens is an amazing arts culture.
Soviet architecture: Admittedly, there is lots of ugly:
But within that, there is some beautiful:
- The writing on this building is translated to say USSR – United Soviet Socialist Republics which is CCCP in Russian.
- This is the typical entrance to the Moscow Metro. I couldn’t take photos inside because it was shortly after the 2010 Metro bombing.
Russian Cinematography: This, perhaps, is the most iconic Russian cartoon, enjoy:
Love A. xx