In 2004, as part of its campaign to revive public support for the armed forces (and to
stem the tide of draft-dodging), the Russian ministry of defence issued a series of
posters including one which sought to highlight soldiers’ roles in ﬁghting crime. In
garish tones and simple lines reminiscentof Soviet-erapropaganda, theposter shows
lantern-jawed soldiers holding at gunpoint swarthy criminals while a female police
ofﬁcer pulls contraband from their car. Vignettes in the background show masked
commandoes taking out a terrorist and a Border Guard helicopter buzzing a
smugglers’ boat, as the smugglers desperately dump their illegal cargo into the sea.