Mobile phone ads with Lenin spark anger in Poland

A Polish mobile phone operator that used a cartoon image of the Russian communist revolutionary found itself barraged by angry feedback and responded this week by stopping its advertising campaign.


Older Poles remember the late Soviet leader for shaping a communist regime that killed millions and imposed mass terror in the Soviet Union. The company, Polska Telefonia Cyfrowa S.A., counted on Poland's youth to have shaken such associations, and recently started using a drawing of Lenin in the style of Soviet propaganda in poster and TV ads, with the command "Keep Talking!" (AP)