The song Широка страна моя родная (Shiroka strana moya rodnaya) or Vast Is My Motherland is a typical, and perhaps the most famous example of how all forms of art and entertainment were used for propaganda purposes in the Soviet Union.

The song was composed by Basil Lebedev-Kumach (1898-1949) and Isaac Dunajekvsky (1900-1955) for the film Цирк (Tsirk) or The Circus, made by director Grigory Aleksandrov (1903-1983), and became extremely popular. In 1939 the first chords of the chorus were used as the opening tune for Radio 1.

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