Have a Desire for Communist Propaganda? There’s an App for That

June 14th, 2010 12:33 PM

Can't get enough of a brutal dictator responsible for substantial human rights atrocities including millions of deaths, all in the name of a failed ideology? iTunes has just the thing for you.

Developer Eigthart, Ltd. presents the iStalin: FREE Communist Posters for the People iPhone/iPad application. The developer's Web site describes the app as a means to "spread the communist glory." (h/t @SetonMotley)

"Good news, comrades! Finally, after years of struggle the Industrialization of the Soviet Union paid off. From the creators of the Communist Manifesto, the October Revolution and the Perestroika comes the best Soviet Union product since Kalashnikov - iStalin! Finally the people will have the privilege to create Soviet posters themselves and spread the communist glory!"

There is both a free version and a $1.99 version of this application. In addition to various candidate shots of Joseph Stalin, the Statue of Liberty with a "CCCP" label and shot of other left-wing icons, as such as Vladimir Lenin and Che Guevara.

"The people can choose between different styles and papers that were approved by the communist party or place a photograph of Stalin or the symbols of the industrial proletariat - the hammer and sickle," the Web site says. "There are some celebrity appearances including the comrades Lenin and Che. Last but not least, the people will be able to add different soviet slogans that tovarish Stalin personally picked."

Previously, Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) has received criticism for what applications that have made it through its approval process, despite claims it has attempted to weed out "inappropriate content." Other such controversial items have included a "Baby Shaker" app and another app created by PepsiCo (NYSE:PEP) that offered dating advice to men.