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Ukrainian Artists Cage Russians Like Animals

A group of artists in Kiev has opened a new exhibit that many Russians are calling dangerously xenophobic. Yesterday, April 24, 2014, the “Ukrainian Cultural Front” presented four interactive installations intended to criticize Russia for its opposition to the EuroMaidan movement and its interventions in southeastern Ukraine. The most controversial exhibit (titled “Beware of Russians!”) featured three homely-looking men trapped behind a fence, dressed as stereotypical Russians. (One man wore a tracksuit, another donned military camouflage, and a third sat on a flattened cardboard box, playing the balalaika and begging for spare change.) Posted on different sides of the fence were signs like those one finds at a zoo, reading “Beware of Occupiers!” and “Please Do Not Feed!”  

Sign reads, “Please do not feed!”

A “lowly Russian,” performing for money and drinking away the profits?

Taking pity on the “foreign occupiers.”

The art exhibit was in such obvious bad taste, many Russians seem to believe, that several of the RuNet's most vocal patriotic bloggers simply reposted photos from the installation, not even bothering to specify their objections. Of course, many others found it necessary to articulate the dangers of Russophobia. Publicist Dmitry Olshansky, whose Facebook texts are among the Russian blogosphere's most vociferously pro-intervention, wrote threateningly that the “motor” of today's conflict between Russia and Ukraine rests entirely on “Ukraine's certainty that Russians will never respond to anything.”

  • sotiredofthis

    These aren’t cages. Bad title.

  • kvz23

    Ukrainian schizophrenia at its finest

  • Sergey A. Armeyskov

    Not ONLY ‘bad taste’ but this: http://russianuniverse.org/2014/01/28/russophobia-cultural-racism/. Ukrainian nationalists (Right Sector, Svoboda, etc.) call Russians ‘mongolokatsaps’ (ethnic slur) – seeing Russians as non-white – compared to ‘superior white Ukrainians’.

  • Mancala Parakin

    I sure hope the artists get hard time, speaking of caging. As a Russian who poses zero threat to any ethnic group, I would like my people freed.

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