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Ukrainian Artists Cage Russians Like Animals

Written by Kevin Rothrock On 25 April 2014 @ 17:26 pm | 4 Comments

In Arts & Culture, Eastern & Central Europe, English, International Relations, Quick Reads, RuNet Echo, Russia, Russian, Ukraine, War & Conflict

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 [1] 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!”  

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Sign reads, “Please do not feed!”

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

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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 [2] 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 [3] are among the Russian blogosphere's most vociferously pro-intervention, wrote [4] 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.”


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[1] interactive installations: http://www.unn.com.ua/ru/news/1334772-v-kiyivskiy-galereyi-rosiyskikh-okupantiv-trimali-u-klittsi

[2] reposted photos: https://twitter.com/rykov/status/459690216773931008

[3] Facebook texts: http://globalvoicesonline.org/2014/04/09/russian-internet-hipsters-are-out-for-blood/

[4] wrote: https://www.facebook.com/spandaryan/posts/747239265296894?stream_ref=1

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