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'Colonialism is Doomed!' Poster Art from the USSR

IN PICTURES: Soviet art depicted colonized people as dignified figures liberating themselves through mass struggle.

The October Revolution of 1917 that created the Soviet Union declared itself early on to be an opponent of colonialism, imperialism and national oppression.

In fact, the founders of the world's first socialist state broke from previous iterations of the socialist movement, largely based in Europe, which condoned colonial oppression and saw their "own" nations as civilized and the colonized as "savages."

Russian Bolshevik leader Vladimir Ilyich Lenin saw these countries as enslaving "natives in the colonies," growing wealthy and sustaining national economies while also "infecting the proletariat with colonial chauvinism," in turn corrupting the workers' and socialists' movements.

It was Lenin, in fact, who added the "oppressed" to "Workers and Oppressed of the World Unite!"

National liberation forces, inspired by the Marxist example of the Bolsheviks, began to sprout up across the colonial and neo-colonial world fighting for their freedom in Africa, Asia, the Middle East and Latin America.

teleSUR takes a look at the powerful visual art printed by the USSR.

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Oppressed colonial nations shall rise up against Imperialism under the banner of the Proletarian Revolution.
Oppressed colonial nations shall rise up against Imperialism under the banner of the Proletarian Revolution. Photo:Artist unknown
Shame on colonialism!
Shame on colonialism! Photo:Maslyakov Oleg Dmitrievich
To the Fight!
To the Fight! Photo:B. I. Prorokov, 1950s
Colonialism Will Not Pass!
Colonialism Will Not Pass! Photo:S. N. Petrovich, 1951
Africa Is Fighting, Africa Will Prevail!
Africa Is Fighting, Africa Will Prevail! Photo:V.B. Koretsky, 1981
Down with Colonialism!
Down with Colonialism! Photo:V. Volikov, 1961
Stop the Aggressor!
Stop the Aggressor! Photo:1958
Angola: Racism in Action.
Angola: Racism in Action. Photo:V.B. Koretsky
Workers from all countries and oppressed colonies raise the banner of Lenin.
Workers from all countries and oppressed colonies raise the banner of Lenin. Photo:V.B. Koretsky, 1932
Freedom to Africa! Down with Colonialism!
Freedom to Africa! Down with Colonialism! Photo:Vera Livanova, 1961
INDIA: Colonialism is doomed everywhere!
INDIA: Colonialism is doomed everywhere! Photo:Artist and date unknown
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