Russia’s State Security Service (FSB) – which prides itself on its mastery of the black arts such as propaganda – has produced a 2024 fundraising calendar which has been met with undisguised mockery and ire, particularly in the US.

Its front cover, portraying President Vladimir Putin as a man bursting with vigor and rippling muscles reminiscent of Arnold Schwarzenegger in his heyday, is ripe for derision and gets it in full measure.

The monthly illustration that has caused the highest level of negative response is that for November. It depicts the iconic United States Capitol building in Washington, which appears to be under attack from a Lancet kamikaze drone and Ka-52 attack helicopter while a fully equipped soldier bearing the insignia of the FSB’s Smersh special forces stands guard.


A typical response to this image came in a post on X (formerly Twitter) from Mario Pawlowski:

“MAGA cultists and far-right imbeciles here in America think that Putin wants to be friends with the United States. They will come together with China to rip the US apart, after they’re done with Ukraine and Eastern Europe. We need to stop Putin at any cost!”

Another “Tweeter” who calls himself the “Ukrainian Ministry of Accidental Russian Fires” urged his 3,000 or so followers to “please share with your favorite @GOP representative or senator on the Hill as they meet with Orban.”

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The pictures illustrating the other months of the year, while less controversial, are best described as the usual mix of militarism and romanticism that was one of the features of Soviet propaganda:

January – depicts three special forces soldiers in “all-round defense” underneath their unit insignia.

February – shows a special forces soldier fully equipped and masked holding a young girl with pigtails clutching her teddy bear.

March – shows a field artillery piece firing into the distance.

April – yet another masked and fully equipped special forces soldier being embraced by a young girl, probably intended to represent his sweetheart.


May – a special forces soldier about to fire an assault rifle around a wall on which graffiti has been daubed showing the word Smersh (Tornado).

June – is a masked and goggled special forces soldier rescuing a cat.

July – shows two soldiers: a modern special forces soldier with the Russian flag on his helmet juxtaposed with a World War II soldier carrying the Soviet flag, leading an attack (see above).

August – a special forces soldier sits on a windowsill holding hands with a smiling Cheburashka, the popular character from a Russian children’s fairy-tale and Soviet movie.

September – three Russian heroes, two from the past and one modern wearing the symbol to show he is engaged in Putin’s “special military operation.”

October – a stylized drawing of modern armored car

November – Vanya makes it to the US Capitol (see above).

December – the Russian bear snarling and bearing a banner in the colors of the Russian flag on which are the words: “It’s not important who is against you, it’s important who is with you!”

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Let's be precise. The calendar was created by artist Татьяна Казанцева on behalf of FSB Media Group. ("Freedom Strength Beauty") Although the name match is said to be accidental, the company's ownership makes the political background clear.

The FSB Media Group was founded in 2007 as a private company that owns or controls several media organs in Russia, such as Kommersant, Vedomosti and :

– Alexander Lebedev: a Russian businessman, politician and philanthropist who is part owner of Kommersant and Novaya Gazeta, and owner of the London Evening Standard and the Independent British newspapers. He is the largest shareholder in the FSB Media Group, which bought Kommersant in 2006 for $200 million.
– Aliisher Usmanov: a Russian businessman who is Chairman of Gazprom Investholding and part owner of Metalloinvest, Megafon and Group. He is the second largest shareholder in FSB Media Group, having bought the Vedomosti publishing house in 2009 for $75 million.
– Dmitry Yaroshenko: a Russian businessman who is editor-in-chief and co-owner of He is the third largest shareholder of the FSB Media Group and bought in 2008 for $25 million.

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so much cope in one calendar
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again, what a lgbtq+ propaganda

again, what a violated masculinity shows this vladolf putler, half of his servicemen are going to jerk them selfes of on this calendre cover, so more losses on the front because masturbation weakens the spirit of an already weak rasshist army

what an overcompensating facade of this gay vladolf putler

we all know he was not very recently forced to the ground when in a judo stand-of