Putin Government Reportedly Bans “Communist Monopoly” Game As “Anti-Russian”

Russia under Vladimir Putin has seen a dramatic rollback of civil liberties, including free speech and free press. The government has little tolerance for anyone voicing opposition views, but the most recent action after a board game reached a new low for the Putin regime. The game is Kolejka or “Queue” which widely popular as a type of “Communist Monopoly.” It requires players to fight for limited resources under the prior Polish communist regime. In an ironic move, the Putin regime has banned the game for its critical depiction of communism — thereby showing the striking similarity between Putin’s regime and the one depicted in the game.

In the game, you try to buy everything on your shopping list. Yet, everything is in short supply in the planned, centralized economy. The game includes historical materials as well as the black market that raged in the Soviet economy.

Russia’s consumer watchdog Rospotrebnadzor declared the game “anti-Russian” and excessively critical of the Soviet system. The government told the company, Trefl, to either remove the direct historical references from it or risk getting the product banned. The company (operating under the name IPN) declined and the game was pulled from Russian shelves.

So a game that depicted the authoritarian rule of the Soviets have been banned by centralized authoritarian rule of Putin. That certainly makes a point.

61 thoughts on “Putin Government Reportedly Bans “Communist Monopoly” Game As “Anti-Russian””

  1. We’re not talking about Democrats or Republicans. We’re talking diversity.

    Evidence? Pick up a history book.

    Check back with me once you catch up with the end of the twentieth century.

    1. EdwardM – I went to college in 1961. My classmates were of all genders and from all over the world. The teachers were the same. Not sure what this lack of diversity is that you were talking about is?

  2. Show me the evidence that those schools were less politically diverse than colleges are now.
    You won’t, or can’t.

    And your opinion is simply a regurgitated talking point from liberal propaganda.
    That hoary preaching prominently omits that the Democrats controlled the South in the 50s-60s and the Democrats voted against the Civil Rights Act.

    But do go on.

  3. Unable to present evidence again, Steve?

    That might work on the converts here, I suppose, but I hope courts treat your indifference to facts differently.

  4. Edward, I proved my point.
    Colleges in the 1950s were more politically diverse than colleges today, which are now rigidly conformist liberal orthodoxies.

    You’re welcome to present evidence otherwise,.

    1. KC writes, “Colleges in the 1950s were more politically diverse than colleges today, which are now rigidly conformist liberal orthodoxies.”

      No wonder you’re still stuck in the ’50s, pre-Brown v. Board of Education. Have fun in Pleasantville.

  5. Karen

    You’re right. We ought to leave the political, sexual orientation, and religious discrimination to the state legislatures, like Georgia, Tennessee, and North Carolina. I’m sure many others are following right along.

  6. Wow! Those are some appalling numbers you dug up, KCF. But, wait. You didn’t provide a look at the acceptance of same-sex marriage and mixed marriages.

    Oh, nevermind. I understand those stats would stop your little bitty black heart.

  7. Sorry, KCF. The kids just aren’t buying what you are selling. But don’t lose heart. I’m sure they will be more receptive once they are a bit older…..like over 60. Then you can recruit them at the bingo hall.

    1. EdwardM – today’s ‘special snowflakes’ have to have all their feelings meet in the classroom. I am often surprised they are brave enough to find their classroom. However, the percentage of liberal faculty on almost any campus is in the high 90th percentile and conservatives are a dying breed on campus.

  8. EDIT:
    Indeed, in College Students’ Value Patterns in the 1950’s and 1960’s by Dean R. Hoge, Sociology of Education Vol. 44, No. 2 (Spring, 1971), pp. 170-197
    They identified a much greater variation in opinions among college students of the 1950s than exists now.

    “Prefer smaller government?
    Agree 26%, Disagree 58%

    Prefer loyalty to US government in elected officials?
    Agree 48%, Disagree 36%

    Prefer religious traditionalism (regular church attendance)?
    Agree 20%, Disagree 57%””

    You are quite wrong.
    US colleges are now rigidly conformist, being 99.21% pure liberal.

  9. Several of Professor Turley’s articles have discussed the double standard of free speech when applied to conservatives on campus. It is anathema to intellectualism for professors and universities to engage in political or religious discrimination, and yet it is the norm, not the exception now.

    Sad. But denial will certainly not restore free speech and tolerance of diverse opinions on campus.

  10. Indeed, in College Students’ Value Patterns in the 1950’s and 1960’s by Dean R. Hoge
    Sociology of Education Vol. 44, No. 2 (Spring, 1971), pp. 170-197

    “They identified a much greater variation in opinions among college students of the 1950s than exists now.
    Prefer smaller government?
    Agree 26%, Disagree 58%

    Prefer loyalty to US government in elected officials?
    Agree 48%, Disagree 36%

    Prefer religious traditionalism (regular church attendance)?
    Agree 20%, Disagree 57%”

    You are quite wrong.
    US colleges are now rigidly conformist, being 99.21% pure liberal.

  11. “The number reflects the unpopularity…
    That is, colleges reflect a rigid conformity.
    Just as I argued.
    US colleges are 99.21% pure liberal.

    Admit it.
    I was right and you were what we call in scientific terms “wrong”.

  12. Paul

    Key? Why are they key? Are you seeking to ensure purity – limit other voices?

    Add them into the mix. Just increasing the diversity of those campuses!

  13. KCF

    Here’s an interesting fact: there are 3000 4 year degree granting colleges and universities. So about 60% of college campuses have a College Republican cult available for membership. Not exactly exhibiting ‘purity’ in my book. Rather, the numbers reflect…

    The number reflects the unpopularity of being a College Republican. It also reflects that no one is banning them from campus.

    1. EdwardM – the key is how many YAF chapters in those 3000 colleges and universities.

  14. As of 2012 the number of 18- to 24-year-olds enrolled in degree-granting institutions hit 31.4 million.
    You reported 1800 college campuses with 250,000 members of College Republicans.
    That represents a whopping 0.79% of students.

    Colleges are 99.21% pure.
    That is, you proved me correct.

  15. Well it’s somewhat less harmful than Germany which locks people up for Roman salutes, or Belgium which arrests Belgians for protesting violence. Putin’s Russia seems pretty tolerant sometimes, especially when one is scraping the bottom of the barrel for stories like this.

  16. Putin bans a game and Karen S cautions Bernie Sanders?

    What? Does she tire of blaming Obama?

  17. Gee, 1800 college campuses with 250,000 members of College Republicans. KCF reliably spreads misinformation – nothing but conformity on college campuses.

    “College Republicans is the nation’s oldest, largest, and most active youth political organization. Founded in 1892, there are currently over 250,000 CR’s around the country on 1,800+ campuses in every state and DC”

    http://www.crnc.org/about/

  18. Isn’t an all powerful government just grand? Are you listening, Bernie Sanders?

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