Emoji of Communism

I want to point out that today’s post is to show only that such an emoticon exists in the Unicode standard. This may come as a surprise, however, the system of communism in the west is perceived warmer than in many eastern countries.

Unicode standard logo

Here is the discussed emoticon ☭ (U + 262D), which was added to the Unicode 1.1 standard in 1993. That is, this emoticon is found in almost all modern devices and was added to the standard two years after the fall of the USSR.

Why do such emoji exist at all?

The first main reason is that communism is legal in most Western countries and there are communist parties there, which is why such an emote was created.


To improve the ease of use of the first generation of phones in SMS messages. Although the use of communist symbols is prohibited in some countries and other countries are moving in this direction. Recently, the use of communist symbols was banned in 2016 in Brazil.

The communication with early mobile text messages

However, in 1993, after the collapse of the Eastern Bloc countries, many parties were using communist symbolism in the world, and this was probably the main reason for adding this emoticon to the Unicode standard.

The last reason

Emoticon does not depict as such a system as it prevailed in the USSR and the Eastern Block, as it was created earlier. The first communist activists appropriated the logo of the sickle and hammer according to some activists of the leftist idea, introducing a diametrically different system than the one that was to fulfill the idea of ​​a classless society.

Stolen symbolics of left side to propagate brutal totalitarian systems

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