“Evidence of a crime” — cartoon from January 1953 issue of Soviet satirical magazine Krokodil about the “Doctor’s Plot.” The image shows Jewish doctors being unmasked as poisoners of the Soviet political and military leadership. They are getting money from American intelligence. In the same issue, Krokodil attacked Western bankers, armament kings, Nazi generals, the Vatican and “the Zionist conspiracy.”
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Poster for ‘Night of the Crocodile’, an event headed by the Soviet satirical magazine ‘Krokodil’, 1930’s.
Krokodil (Russian: “Крокодил”, “crocodile”) was a satirical magazine published in the Soviet Union. It was founded in 1922.
Although political satire was dangerous during much of the Soviet period, Krokodil was given considerable license to lampoon political figures and events. Typical and safe topics for lampooning in the Soviet era were the lack of initiative and imagination promoted by the style of an average Soviet middle-bureaucrat, and the problems produced by drinking on the job by Soviet workers. Krokodil also ridiculed capitalist countries and attacked various political, ethnic and religious groups that allegedly opposed the Soviet system. For example, at the time of the Doctors’ plot it published a number of anti-semitic articles and cartoons. (via Wikipedia)