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Russian Peace Activist Stages Dramatic Protest Against #Russia’s Policies on #Ukraine


By Anna Dolgov.
Kado Cornet walked barefoot down St. Petersburg's Nevsky Prospect.Kado Cornet walked barefoot down St. Petersburg’s Nevsky Prospect. Vyacheslav Vereshchagin / Grani.ru / YouTube.

A peace activist has staged an emotive protest against the Kremlin’s policies on Ukraine by wandering blindfolded through St. Petersburg with her hands stained blood-red.

The activist, who goes by pseudonym Kado Cornet, was captured in a YouTube video walking barefoot down St. Petersburg’s central Nevsky Prospect, clad in a red skirt, blue shirt and a white headscarf — the colors of the Russian flag.

Cornet also wore on her wrists the orange-and-black ribbons of St. George — a Russian symbol of military valor — and a blindfold over her eyes, while walking with her outstretched hands stained in red.

This is my Motherland. Blinded, insane, screaming in agony,” the activist said Saturday on her Facebook page. “It does not know where it is going, but it is sure that everyone should be afraid of its hands, which are stained in blood — others’ and its own.

Passersby stopped in their tracks to watch the young woman as she staggered forward, emitting screams, witnesses said.

This action made a most powerful impression on me,” Vadim Lurye from St. Petersburg said on his Facebook page. “Kado walked and screamed, and her scream could not be ignored. People received this action much more readily than any protest sign.

The action titled “Russia’s Scream” ended after Cornet collapsed near the renowned Yeliseyevsky food store, lying motionlessly on the pavement, according to social media accounts.

While some passersby expressed concerns that the young woman may have fallen ill, nobody appeared willing to approach her except a homeless man, the protester and witnesses reported.

“When Russia falls, it will turn out that nobody except a homeless drunk is able to come to its aid,” Cornet said via Facebook.

A police officer summoned to the scene called an ambulance, Lurye said, though the protester appeared to be in good health, saying later on her Facebook page that she planned to travel around the country and eastern Europe in the coming days.

The artistic action was received positively by a number of Facebook users.

One woman praised the “fragile young woman, who is stronger than a million healthy men who are quietly watching from the side or yapping support for the authorities.”

Brave girl, well done,” wrote another Facebook user.

The West has repeatedly accused the Kremlin of supplying arms to pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine, leading to a conflict with government forces that has left thousands dead and many more displaced. The Kremlin has denied the charges.

But Cornet in her Facebook message was keen to underline that her protest was not just directed at those in power: “No one who has tried to turn a deaf ear to this scream will be able to wash off the blood,” she wrote.


The Moscow Times.

#Facebook finds brutal war photo appropriate, only removes it after #complaints! #XelaRekrap


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On Sept. 5 Ukrainian Facebook users were shocked as the world’s biggest social network seemed to deliberately overlook some abusive posts related to the war in Ukraine’s east.


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Ukraine Extreme Climber Strikes Again in Moscow #MustangWanted


Mustang Wanted selfie atop the main building of Moscow State University on Aug. 24. © www.mustang-wanted.comMustang Wanted selfie atop the main building of Moscow State University on Aug. 24. © http://www.mustang-wanted.com

A Kiev-based ‘roofer’ who has claimed responsibility for covering the spire of a Moscow architectural landmark in Ukraine’s national colors last week has reportedly conquered another high-rise in the Russian capital.

The extreme sportsman, who is known by his nickname Mustang Wanted, posted a ‘selfie’ of himself atop the main building of Moscow State University, or MGU, on Facebook late on Sunday, alongside a comment saying: “Congratulations on Independence Day, Ukraine!”

Ukraine marked Independence Day for the 24th time on Sunday but it remained unclear whether the photo was actually taken on that day as well.

Mustang Wanted on Friday came forward as the man behind a stunt that saw a skyscraper on the Kotelnicheskaya Embankment have a flag attached to its spire and its Soviet-star pinnacle covered in yellow and blue paint last Wednesday.

A Soviet-style star re-touched with blue paint so it resembles the yellow-and-blue national colours of Ukraine, is seen atop the spire of a building in Moscow.A Soviet-style star re-touched with blue paint so it resembles the yellow-and-blue national colours of Ukraine, is seen atop the spire of a building in Moscow.

The antic — the first in a series of Ukraine-related incidents in the Russian capital — has led to four Russian climbers detained at the scene to be placed under house arrest, pending a case on charges of hooliganism motivated by political hatred which could see them serve years behind bars.

“I consider my act to be an ‘art performance’ and I dedicate it to Ukraine’s Independence Day and also to all the lads who right now are defending my homeland. Glory to Ukraine!” Mustang wrote on Facebook on Friday.

Both the MGU and the Kotelnicheskaya skyscraper belong to the seven Stalinist buildings in Moscow known as the “Seven Sisters” and are considered among the city’s top landmarks.

The Kiev-based extreme climber, also known as Grigory, has illegally climbed many high-rise buildings and tall structures, earning a cult following thanks to videos of his exploits going viral online.

Despite all the evidence showing the Russian authorities do not take to the Ukraine-activist stunts lightly, some of Mustang’s followers seemingly hope his divide-and-conquer days are not over.

“Take care! You’ve still got the Kremlin to repaint!” a commenter said in reaction to the MGU photo.

The comment received more than 1,800 Facebook ‘likes.’

 

The Moscow Times.

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‘Ukrainian’ Stripes on #Moscow’s Red Square #Mistaken for #Activism


The latest demonstration of support for conflict-torn Ukraine in Moscow appeared right on the city’s historic Red Square — or so social media users mistakenly concluded Friday.

Images of blue and yellow stripes painted on the ancient square’s cobblestones went viral on Twitter and Facebook, with some observers linking their appearance to a stunt by activists earlier this week in which the star atop one of Moscow’s iconic ‘Seven Sisters’ Stalinist skyscrapers was repainted in the colors of the Ukrainian flag: blue and yellow.

A spokesman for the Office of Presidential Affairs, which is in charge of the maintenance of Red Square and the Kremlin, denied the link Friday, saying that the stripes had in fact been painted on the square months ago for the Victory Day parade on May 9, in order to orientate troops and vehicles.

A Red Square official on Friday denied the stripes were 'Ukrainian,' saying they had been painted onto the square for Russia's yearly Victory Day parade.A Red Square official on Friday denied the stripes were ‘Ukrainian,’ saying they had been painted onto the square for Russia’s yearly Victory Day parade.

“The yellow stripes were for infantry, the blue ones for armored vehicles,” Viktor Khrekov wrote on his Facebook page.


The Moscow Times.