KGB is an acronym for Komitet gosudarstvennoy bezopasnosti, or "Committee for State Security." As noted, the KGB was the national security agency of the Soviet Union from 1954 to 1991, when it was dissolved alongside a thwarted attempt to depose Mikhail Gorbachev. Much of the KGB archives remain highly classified. It is common knowledge, however, that both legal and illegal means were used to achieve their ends, which included the employment of resident spies, theft, kidnapping and assassination, among others. The KGB also played a big role in suppressing internal dissent, which was also achieved through both legal and illegal means.
In the eyes of the KGB, suppressing internal dissent required the use of propaganda. The idea of foreign spies lurking around every corner inspired slogans that sought to ensure citizens remain tight-lipped and aware of their surroundings. After all, chatter and gossip help the enemy. Of course, the less people said – about the KGB or otherwise – the less the entity had to worry about their illegal actions coming to an end. The KGB propaganda poster set represents a collection of 24 different prints that were created and distributed in the early days of the KGB, each of which was designed to raise awareness of the enemy, quash internal dissention and instill fear in the population. Each print measures 13 inches by 9.5 inches and is presented in full color.
The prints are presented in their original design, which means they are written in Cyrillic rather than English. They are all housed in a folder that includes a translation of each print, making their purpose very evident. My favorite is the depiction of a Nazi wolf in sheep clothing with the phrase, "The enemy is cunning – be on guard!"
Any person interested in Soviet history or the KGB is sure to love the KGB propaganda poster set. If nothing else, the posters look great and feature artwork that is both unique and interesting that would make for a wonderful conversion piece. The KGB propaganda poster set is available now for $49.95.