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Sailed out of the Harbor. In Sevastopol, painted over graffiti with Putin

Radio Liberty 23.03.2018 at 15:09

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In Sevastopol on March 23, municipal workers painted over the graffiti "Return to home port" on the front wall of the house to the address: street of Heroes of Sevastopol, d. 46, near the monument to the sailor Cat. This mural (graffiti large size printed on the wall) were created by artists from the Pro-Kremlin movement "Network" in early may 2014 and became one of the most famous artistic images that emerged after the annexation of Crimea by Russia. It depicts Russian President Vladimir Putin coming in the form of naval forces eared rye field on a background of the Moscow Kremlin. On the destruction of graffiti drew the attention of the residents of Sevastopol, who published pictures in the community "Overheard in Sevastopol" and "Typical Sevastopol" the social network "Vkontakte". Shortly after these reports emerged that the graffiti was painted over within the framework of works on repair of the facade of the house. Documents about the planned works there are on the Internet. According to the Annex to the order of Department of municipal economy of Sevastopol from 18 January 2017 No. 5-OD (document, .pdf), repair of the facade of the building 1961 building cost the city budget of almost 8 million rubles ($140 thousand). On the published photographs show three workers, which presumably cover the wall insulation paint. Graffiti with Putin in Sevastopol, has caused ambiguous reaction of inhabitants – many commentators have considered it to be tasteless and of poor quality. A separate subject for levity of steel hanging on the wall air conditioners, which turned out to be right in Putin's hands and have caused some commentators Association with the musical columns: In the words of the artists who created the mural "Return to home port", problems arose from the beginning of realization of this idea: for example, residents of Sevastopol have time more than 500 times to complain to the police that unknown trying to draw on the wall the Ukrainian flag is occurred when the background for graffiti, Golden rye below and blue sky above, was already done on the wall and the remaining details of the image – yet. In January 2015 unknown persons have painted Putin in this graffiti eye. Vandalism was repeatedly exposed to and other graffiti depicting Russian President in the Crimea, for example, in Kerch, where over the face of Putin is unknown drew a swastika: "a Patriotic Youth organization "the Network" was established by former commissioners of movement "Ours" in 2013. In addition to graffiti "Patriotic" content, "Network" known calendar congratulating Russian military in Syria from Russian and Syrian women. In December 2016 one of the shown in calendar girls, said that the authors of the calendar have deceived her, accompanied by a photo of a fictional quote her words. In addition, the "Network" proclaimed "spiritual braces 12, which make Russian people." Another became a famous mural dedicated to the joining of Crimea to Russia, "Crimea and Russia. Together forever" was painted in March 2014 in Moscow, the wall street 1/5 by Alexander Solzhenitsyn. He also harshly criticized by local residents and was painted over by order of the Moscow authorities 4 months later, in July 2014.