For Immediate Release
MINNEAPOLIS, Minn., USA – April 9, 2015 – East View Information
Services (www.eastview.com), a leading provider
of high-quality information products and services in world languages and English
translation, has completed the full archive digitization of the popular Soviet satirical
On 27 August 1922, the first issue of Krokodil (the Crocodile) hit the newsstands.
Published continuously until 2008, Krokodil was at one time the most popular
newspaper for humorous stories and satire, with a circulation reaching 6.5 million
copies. Articles from Krokodil covered Soviet bureaucracy and excessive centralized
control, ridiculed religion, lampooned US foreign and domestic policy, Western political
leaders and events.
"Political jokes are prevalent the world over, but during the Soviet Era, telling
a political joke could be a capital offense," said Kent D. Lee, President and CEO
of East View. "Krokodil's status, as the only satirical journal published
in the USSR, leads to fundamental, but as yet unexplored questions about the function
of state-sponsored visual satire, official humor and popular responses to it, about
artistic independence and working practices."
"Humor is central to understanding laughter in the Soviet Union. The caricatures
found in Krokodil can be studied as a gauge of the 'correct party line' of
those times," said Dima Frangulov, Vice President of East View. "During the height
of the Cold War, cartoons lampooning Uncle Sam, Pentagon aggressors, and Bundehswehr
militarists were common in the pages of Krokodil. During US-Soviet summits
or during official visits from Western leaders, these anti-Western cartoons magically
Over the years, Krokodil's list of editors and contributors included many
of the Soviet Union's literary luminaries and esteemed artists. Vladimir Mayakovsky,
Mikail Kol'tsov, Ilf and Petrov, Samuil Marshak, Mikhail Zoshchenko, Sergei Mikhalkov
and Lyudmila Petrushevskaya all wrote for Krokodil; Dmitri Moor, Mikhail
Cheremnykh, Boris Efimov, the Kukrynisksy trio, and Ivan Semenov all created cartoons.
Whether it's looking at the rich illustrations and caricatures or reading in-depth
articles, researchers want access to more primary source materials. The publication
of this digital resource brings the magazine closer to a scholarly audience and
offers the opportunity to fill in the gaps, gaining a better understanding of the
intersection of media power, politics and humorous popular engagement in the Soviet
Researchers have access to the Krokodil full archive on East View's online
platform, designed specifically to show the rich images found in these pages and
provide the convenience of browsing full pages, similar to working with print originals.
East View has carefully added full-text searchable tags to identify individuals
and organizations within the artwork, where full-text search would not normally
find results. Thanks to this added value, users are able to search for people and
organizations and find them not only within the articles, but also wherever they
are represented in caricatures, cartoons and drawings within the pages of Krokodil.
Tools found in the interface may be used to magnify the images or text, or download
pages for future reference.
Contact East View for access to the high resolution, color illustrations found in
Krokodil Digital Archive at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information,
Grant Bistram, Director of Marketing
East View Information Services
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Minneapolis, MN 55305 USA
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