Putin in a black coffin. A peculiar celebration took place in Prague in front of the Russian embassy
Unknown activists in Prague commemorated today’s 70th birthday of Russian President Vladimir Putin in a peculiar way. During the day, they brought a Putin dummy in a black wooden coffin to the main entrance of the Russian Embassy in Prague. They attached a banner with the inscription “long years in prison”. It was reported without further details by the NEXTA agency, which published a video of the event.
Since the beginning of the war in Ukraine, the Russian embassy in Prague has been a frequent site of protests against the Russian invasion of Ukraine. The steps or the embassy building have in the past been smeared with red paint implying the blood being spilled in Ukraine.
Activists wished him “Long years in prison”. pic.twitter.com/B96ZKBRW85
— NEXTA (@nexta_tv)
October 7, 2022
On his 70th birthday today, Russian President Vladimir Putin is receiving congratulations from his subordinates and stinging messages from Ukraine, which has been resisting the Russian invasion since February, ČTK wrote. Today, the longtime head of the Kremlin had planned to attend an informal summit of some former Soviet Union states in his native St. Petersburg. Large-scale celebrations were announced in autonomous Chechnya by its ruler Ramzan Kadyrov, but in the rest of Russia Putin’s jubilee is commemorated only modestly. Russian officials are aware that the current time does not favor big celebrations in Russia, stated news portal Meduza.
“After the inauguration of the Ferris wheel in Moscow, it is clear that now is better not to celebrate anything, it is not the time for that. Governors are even considering cutting spending on New Year’s celebrations. Nobody has money to throw around now,” an unnamed source close to the Kremlin told the portal. At the time when Russian troops were withdrawing from the strategic Izjum in northeastern Ukraine in September, Putin was ceremonially opening a giant Ferris wheel in Moscow. However, technical problems appeared on the very first day of the attraction and it had to be constantly stopped.