The Russian organization of victims of illegal political repressions has published the series of social prints “Stalin – he was like …“, whose mission is to give today’s youth the explanation about the past events in an easy to understand [and relate to] language.
Stalin – he is like Yandex
[Yandex is the leading search engine in Russia]
Stalin – he is like Yandex: was sending the search requests.
Everyone will be found.
On July 2 1937 Stalin signed the resolution “About Anti-Soviet elements” initiating the immediate search, arrest and execution of the most active “kulaks (rich peasants) and criminals” in the span of 5 days. This document laid the ground of the Great Terror or “Yezhovshchina” – the period of massive repressions and political persecution of people not favored by the Soviet leadership.
Stalin – he is like Foursquare
Stalin – he is like Foursquare: showed to everyone his place.
The sentences were usually carried out by shot in the [back of the] head. Revolvers, TT-33 pistols and Degtyaryov machine guns had been used. The corpses were buried in trenches dug in advance.
Stalin – he is like Facebook
Stalin – he is like Facebook: called to share the information.
In 1937-1938 thousands of ordinary Soviet citizens were writing to NKVD denouncements of colleagues, neighbors, bosses, acquaintances. There were so many denouncements that NKVD simply couldn’t deal with them.
Stalin – he is like YouTube
Stalin – he is like YouTube: allowed to upload and send [transfer].
The family members of repressed, who were “able to engage in anti-Soviet activities” were supposed to be transferred to the camps and labor villages. Often to Siberia, to which they had been transported in freight trains in a course of month.
Stalin – he is like Twitter
Stalin – he is like Twitter: was concise.
The arrested often were tortured, while the sentences had been made without judicial process and right to appeal and had been immediately executed.
Stalin – he is like VKontakte
(VKontakte is the Russian social network similar to Facebook)
Stalin – he is like VKontakte: captured millions.
Buttons (from top to bottom):
- Send the telegram
- Add to friends [comrades]
- Declare the enemy of the people
1,548,366 people were arrested and convicted in anti-Soviet activity.
Stalin – he is like Apple
Stalin – he is like Apple: was costly.
681,692 were sentenced to capital punishment – [execution through] shooting.
All prints have the same writing in the bottom – “Great Terror 1937-1938. 75 years – is not [enough] time to forget.
Reactions of Russian netizens to Stalin memes
(Hover with mouse cursor over comments to see the original Russian text)
iposmotri: Creative [people; elements] with each passing year become more creative. 75 years, of course, is not the time to forget, but probably also not worth to make jokes …Креатив с каждым годом становится все креативней. 75 лет, конечно, не время забывать, но и шутить наверное не стоит…
[Note: In Russian internet the word "creative" often carries a negative connotation, referring to people who for the sake of PR perform creative but insensitive (and even vulgar) acts ]
Mick: No matter how much they try to denigrate Stalin – they don’t succeed. And they will not succeed. Too insignificant are those who try to do it.Сколько не пытаются оклеветать Сталина, не получается. И не получится. Слишком ничтожны те, кто это делает.
yummy_anja: That’s some bullshit! Young people associate Facebook, Twitter, Youtube and others with exclusively positive things. And the facts that are written in small print will be noticed and appreciated by very few people.Бред какой-то! у современной молодежи такие вещи как Facenook, Twitter, Youtube и прочее перечисленное ассоциируется исключительно с положительным. И то, что там мелким шрифтом написано, мало кто заметит и оценит.
phyzalia: Stalin is the “rock” in our history. I won’t clog my head with the number of repressions and percentage of sentences: all these things are in internet.Сталин – ‘глыба’ в нашей истории. Количеством репрессий и процентом оправдательных приговоров голову забивать не буду: все есть в инете.
The fact is that in the row of Soviet (Russian) politicians, Stalin is the leader. The next, in my opinion – Brezhnev. The subsequent so-called “politicians” from Gorby to Putler are stinky parody of the leader and patriot of Russia ..Вопрос в другом: в череде советских (российских) политиков, Сталин – лидер. Следом, на мой взгляд – Брежнев. Последующие т.н. ‘политики’ от Горби до Путлера – зловонная пародия на лидера и патриота России..
[Note: Gorby - Gorbachev, Putler - Putin (word derived from Putin and Hitler)]