Soviet poster from 1932, reads: ‘Workers from all countries and oppressed colonies raise the banner of Lenin.’
Soviet poster from 1932, reads: ‘Workers from all countries and oppressed colonies raise the banner of Lenin.’ Photograph: Wayland Rudd Archive/Yevgeniy Fiks/Flint
Soviet poster from 1920.
“African-American intellectuals were seduced by Soviet ideology,” says Fiks. “Their experience on the ground, how life was structured in the US, proved this ideology right.” Black people were still disempowered, exploited and discriminated against in the US. As the posters suggested, those who came to Moscow really were treated as equals, says Fiks. A few dozen chose to stay.
                                                                             
Soviet poster from 1948. The captions read ‘Under capitalism’ and ‘Under socialism’.
Soviet poster from 1948. The captions read ‘Under capitalism’ and ‘Under socialism’. Photograph: Wayland Rudd Archive/Yevgeniy Fiks/Flint
‘Do not extinguish the dawn of freedom!’ says this African-solidarity effort from 1967.
‘Do not extinguish the dawn of freedom!’ says this African-solidarity effort from 1967. 
Soviet poster from 1967.
Soviet poster from 1967. Photograph: Wayland Rudd Archive/Yevgeniy Fiks/Flint
Soviet poster from 1969. Slogan reads: ‘In unity, strength!’
Soviet poster from 1969. The slogan reads: ‘In unity, strength!’ Photograph: Wayland Rudd Archive/Yevgeniy Fiks/Flint
‘For the solidarity of women of the world!’ says this poster from 1973.
For the solidarity of women of the world!’ says this poster from 1973. Photograph: Wayland Rudd Archive/Yevgeniy Fiks/Flint
Soviet poster from 1933.
‘All hail the world October revolution!’ – a poster from 1933. Photograph: Wayland Rudd Archive/Yevgeniy Fiks/Flint
‘I’ll never forget a friend, if I befriend him in Moscow!’ claims this poster from 1964.
‘I’ll never forget a friend, if I befriend him in Moscow!’ claims this poster from 1964. Photograph: Wayland Rudd Archive/Yevgeniy Fiks/Flint
This 1957 poster extols the virtues of Moscow sightseeing.
This 1957 poster extols the virtues of Moscow sightseeing. Photograph: Wayland Rudd Archive/Yevgeniy Fiks/Flint