Ukraine Bans Stalin Billboards

Uncle Joe was back to threaten the people of Ukraine this week…

Kiev Ukraine News Blog reports that the Stalin billboards exhorting people to pay their utility bills has been pulled after protests from rights groups and nationalists:

An ad campaign featuring billboards and commercials with images of the Soviet dictator Josef Stalin exhorting people to pay their bills was pulled on Monday after protests from rights groups and nationalists.

The campaign in the eastern Ukraine town of Donetsk came after utility rates in Ukraine increased markedly last year and people stopped paying their bills.

Irina Taran, a spokeswoman for Donetsk governing council, said dozens of billboards featuring Stalin appeared in the city last week; commercials featuring old film clips of the Soviet leader also appeared.

Ukrainian media reported that the mayor’s office initiated the ad campaign, then backed down in the face of protests.


Here is photo of a large pile of some of the 5,000,000 Ukrainians that Stalin murdered by starvation. (mega.nu)

WTOP reported:

Irina Taran, a spokeswoman for Donetsk governing council, said dozens of billboards featuring Stalin appeared in the city last week; commercials featuring old film clips of the Soviet leader also appeared. Ukrainian media reported that the mayor’s office initiated the ad campaign, then backed down in the face of protests.

One billboard shows Stalin holding a piece of paper and saying “Comrades! This isn’t a film! This is life!” In the television ad, Stalin is shown in grainy black-and-white footage being applauded by hundreds of party members as a dubbed-over voice says: “Those who don’t pay for their heat should be punished!”

Critics said it was shameful for authorities to be using an image of a man whom many Ukrainians blame for killing one-third of the country’s population during the famine in the 1930s.

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