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Moomin features in anti-Finland propaganda on the streets of Moscow | New

A campaign against NATO standby members Finland and Sweden appears to be a continuation of similar propaganda seen in the Russian capital last May.

Moomintroll, Tove Jansson’s now iconic character. Image: Jani Aarnio/Yle

Propaganda posters mocking two of Finland and Sweden’s most popular children’s characters have recently been spotted on the streets of Moscow, Russia.

The posters show an illustration of Uncle Sam, representing the United States, holding two puppets – Moominpappa and Pippi Longstocking.

The now iconic characters were created in the mid-1900s by Finnish artist and author Tove Jansson and Swedish writer Astrid Lindgren.

The text of the poster, in Russian, warns: “Don’t be toys in the wrong hands!

Below, the illustration appears to be a quote from Jansson’s sixth children’s book, Moominvalley Tales.

The poster’s message pointedly refers to claims by some in Russia that Finland and Sweden would become puppets of the United States after the two Nordic countries joined NATO.

The Russian association Our Victory was cited as the sponsor behind the posters, the same group that organized a similar campaign last May.

This propaganda poster, also considered official street advertisements in the Russian capital, suggested that Lindgren, along with the Swedish director Ingmar Bergman and the founder of Ikea Ingvar Kamprad were Nazis.