In response to sanctions, Moscow goes nuclear

Nuclear T-shirt campaign in Moscow

Nuclear T-shirt campaign in Moscow 

2014/09/24 • Featured, Russia

Article by: Mat Babiak

A new Russian PR campaign is threatening nukes in response to sanctions in a recent propaganda stunt.

Moscow’s government Public Relations Committee launched a T-shirt campaign today to put a positive, patriotic, spin on the global sanctions that have been levied on Russia’s economy and numerous officials. That spin, however, has been to playfully threaten nuclear war.

“Trendy answer – no sanctions!” – as the campaign is called – will run from September 23 to October 6, allowing Muscovites to trade in any clothing bearing foreign symbols or slogans for new “patriotic” swag.

Two of the three designs offered feature nuclear missile launchers with the slogans: “Sanctions? Don’t tell my Iskander” and “Topol’s aren’t afraid of sanctions.”

An ‘Iskander‘ is a mobile theater ballistic missile system with units in range of Poland and the Baltics, while the ‘Topol‘ is an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) capable of reaching any city in the United States.

City organizers hope to “bring happiness” to at least 30,000 people, and will be touring the city in a bus in adorning imagery of the nuclear-payload on its mobile launcher.

“The purpose of the project, which was initiated by designer Anastasia Zadorina and civil society activist Ksenia Melnikova – to support our country, to demonstrate their patriotism and love for the motherland by being creative and fashionable: using T-shirts, which promises to be a hit this season,” said a PR Committee spokesperson.

The ongoing rounds of sanctions issued by the west have been in response for Russia’s ongoing and escalating military aggression in Ukraine: First in occupying the Ukrainian province of Crimea, then arming and fomenting terrorist groups in the country’s east, up to the more recent invasion of parts of the Donetsk and Luhansk regions by Russia’s armed forces. Many in the Russian public, however, have failed to grasp why they are being punished by the international community for the state’s ongoing international crimes.

Nuclear T-shirt campaign in Moscow

Nuclear T-shirt campaign in Moscow

Nuclear T-shirt campaign in Moscow

Nuclear T-shirt campaign in Moscow

Source: Interfax
Source: Gazeta (Photos)

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  • dima7b

    “to support our country, to demonstrate their patriotism and love for the motherland by being creative and fashionable:”

    Horrible. I am proud of my Russian heritage, but that doesn’t mean I will support Putin’s murder across Ukraine. They have the wrong idea of patriotism and love for their motherland.

    • http://euromaidanpress.com Mat

      Read that quote out loud and you’ll laugh.

    • Brent

      I want to thank you for your support of Ukraine and comments about Putin’s actions in Ukraine. it is reassuring to know there are Slavic brothers out there that still can be proud of their Russian heritage and not support Putin’s desire to dissect Ukraine and keep it under Russia’s boot heel I hope both countries can return to a peaceful co-existence and hope Russia can stop Putin’s attempts to return to Soviet ways. it helps those of us with Ukrainian blood to know there are still Slavic brother like yourself who don’t want to destroy us and that we are not the fascists being portrayed by Putin’s state controlled media and that we can have a peaceful future together.

      Peace be with you, brother.

  • Brent

    Some suggested ‘response’ t-shirts that could raise money for Ukraine’s defence efforts

    1) Nuke the ‘hulios’ back to the stone age
    2) a cartoon of Putin jumping up or on Medvedev shoulders and trying to reach the red button on the nuclear launcher
    3) Russia and the red circle and line “not” symbol through it…a series of these with the logos of the G20, G8, 2018 World Cup, WTO and all other organizations or events Russia should be kicked out of
    4) a “Colorado” beetle lying dead upside down with a nuclear mushroom cloud in the background
    5) the “Russia/Not Russia” picture twittered by the Canadian embassy
    6) A picture of the Olympic hockey medal presentation with the slogan “Where’s Russia” underneath it
    7) a photo of bread and meat queues from their Soviet past with the slogan “Putin’s Sanctions”
    8) Ban ‘katsap’
    9) a t-shirt with a picture of one of the Russian ‘humanitarian aid’ trucks with the “Cargo 200” painted on the sign and ‘katsap, go home’ as the slogan
    10) the cartoon with the Russian monkeys operating the BUK missile system
    11) a photo of one of the graverobbers rifling through the MH17 suitcases and the slogan “Russian Garage Sale”…yes, tasteless, but so were their actions
    12) the Strelkov” Girkin “JUST DO IT” picture

    Any other suggestions?

    • Dirk Smith

      Just a few quick ideas……………..
      1.) A recreation of Yanukovych hung upside down at a Kyiv gas station. (ie; Mussolini in Milan in 1945)
      2.) Banners of Bandera & Shukhevich in front of military parade at Red Square.
      3.) Headshots of the three “INS” with a large circle and line through it. Lenin, Stalin, Putin.
      I do like the Putinist monkeys and the BUK missile system. Sums up a lot.

    • DDJ

      Love the Monkeys.

      Russia and the international “not” symbol printed over a picture of the earth.

  • Murf

    “Be friends with me or I will kill you”
    Bullies often mistake fear for respect.

  • Evelyn Myketa Livingston

    Brent there never was such a thing as Slavic brothers and certainly can never be in the foreseeable future. The term “brothers” was only used to placate us when the russians wanted something that belonged to Ukraine.

    • Brent

      But I don’t believe ALL Russians are like that. Yes, the ones that are power hungry with guns that abuse the rights and freedoms of others will never be my brothers, and neither will those that can’t think for themselves and will follow them blindly. But I will reach out and shake the hand of those like Dima7b who I think we can build a future with.

      I’m proud of my Ukrainian heritage but also will embrace a fellow Slav who is not pointing a gun at me and telling me ‘what’s mine is his too’.

    • http://euromaidanpress.com Mat

      Correct, this is just a mythology made up to justify annexation, invasion, and assimilation.

      “we’re the same person, so we’re not hurting someone else, just doing whats best for us”

  • DisqustedWithTheWest

    With these obvious propaganda stunts RT has lost complete respect. Who would trust any of their stories now? I think Putin is wasting billions of propaganda rubles.