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Episode 09 - Soviet Sport Satire

Alexander Ananyev

The Soviet magazine"Krokodil" poked fun at topical events like the boycott of the 1980 Olympic Games in Moscow.

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The Soviet magazine Krokodil was published for decades poking fun at such topical events like the boycott of the 1980 Olympic Games in Moscow. Alexander Ananyev (Universität Tübingen) explains how Krokodil mocked and commentated on international sport. Interpreter: Igor Plastun-Syrovatchenko

Krokodil started in 1922 as a supplement to the Soviet newspaper Rabochaya gazeta. The cover of the first issue of the supplement shows a red crocodile bursting forth from the pages of the newspaper.

Krokodil’s 1980 political cartoon “Passing the Baton” (above) shows a female character labelled ‘Cold War’ passing a flaming relay torch with burning letters reading ‘Boycott Olympics’ to a figure representing the United States. Underneath is the caption, “the boycott has one goal: to kindle the Cold War,” a quote from the famous Soviet author Sergey Mikhalkov.

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