Get the latest updates as we post them — right on your browser

. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Communists Look to SMS

After decades of hammers and sickles, red flags and wordy slogans, the Communist Party is considering a propaganda device Lenin and Stalin never dreamed of: the SMS message.

At a party plenary meeting that focused on propaganda Saturday, first deputy chairman Ivan Melnikov said the Communists should turn to methods such as graffiti and mobile phone messaging.

Members of the party's youth wing "could use telephones to send political jokes or rhymes, or attract attention to events -- anything that motivates a person to send the message along to someone else," Melnikov said.

Melnikov's call came during a speech that hewed to a Soviet-era tradition of long addresses at party conferences. He spoke for an hour and a half, NTV reported.