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About My Project

My project is a multi-disciplinary study of Krokodil, investigating issues surrounding the nature of the medium, the cartoons and caricatures which feature in it, and their evolution over time.

I have a collection of Krokodil magazines which includes issues 1-36 from 1952, 1954-1966 inclusive, as well as 1987-1990, and various other issues from other years. I am keen to extend my collection and would be interested in purchasing other issues, especially in whole-year lots. 


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  2. Dear John,
    I am trying to find out how to secure copyright to reproduce an image from Krokodil into a manuscript. Do you know how to do this? Any help would be much appreciated.

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  4. I'm also an avid collector of russian books and other literature. Although I began acquiring the best of russian literature with illustrations, I have recently moved to satire. I have a couple of books by Efimov, Abramov and Kukrinitsky. A couple of days ago I acquired the full 1987 set of Krokodil. I too want to search for all of them. I think the hunt if the most exciting part about it. Good hunting, mate!

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  5. I looked into the Russian copyright law (http://www.rupto.ru/rupto/portal/883567fd-fbd2-11e0-e807-8e000200001f?lang=en) but it's similar to the U.S. law. You can reproduce an image for educational purpose but you can't reproduce the whole thing just to publish it by itself. For example, if you have an issue of Krokodil you can't reproduce the whole issue and publish it as it is. The Fair Use doctrine is for partial use of any material in order to use it for educational purpose. To publish the whole thing you need permission from the person who own the rights of the material. I tried to find the contact info of the Krokodil magazine but so far I haven't been successful.

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  6. WoW! That's amazing what you have collected!!!

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  7. WoW! That's amazing what you have collected!!!

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Krokodil 1952: 11, p.1

Krokodil and Russian folklore

Krokodil cartoons very often employed folkloric characters and themes. Soviet graphic satire owed much to pre-revolutionary popular prints, and in some cases, Krokodil images were composed in the graphic style of Russian folk arts. In other cartoons, Soviet satirical commentary was enacted by Russian folk tale characters.
Russian folk characters were thus reimagined in a modern satirical context, and the combination of discourses created unique visions of both old and new. Stalinist folklore/'fakelore' (Dorson 1950) co-opted folk heroes in the service of the Soviet state, but Krokodil's use of these characters was satirical and thus markedly different.

Ded Moroz and Snegoruchka also commonly appeared in Soviet satire, celebrating the turn of the New Year, or warning about the change in seasons.

Countless cartoons visualised anthropomorphised animals, but a number of images also referred to less famous Russian folk tales.

Perhaps the most frequent appearances were made by …