Skip to main content
news

In Russia’s Far East, a village sign was changed to read ‘Putin is a thief.’ This didn’t last long.

Source: Chita.ru

In Russia’s Far Eastern region of Zabaykalsky Krai, located on the border with Mongolia and China, the village of Aginskoye has its name written across a hill in stones. During the night of June 1, however, the stones were rearranged to spell out “Putin vor,” a popular protest slogan meaning “Putin is a thief.”

The new writing didn’t last long: by 9 a.m. the stones had been rearranged to spell “Putinskoye,” according to eyewitnesses. It was later changed back to “Aginskoye.”

At first, the village administration speculated that the inscription could have been a photoshop job. But the head of Aginskoye, Andrey Dashin, later confirmed that the photos were real.

“Many of us became eyewitnesses to the extremely unpleasant and stupid incident [involving] the change of the ‘Aginskoye’ sign on the side of the hill,” Dashin wrote in a chat group on the messaging app Viber. “Respecting everyone’s right to their opinion and point of view, I would like to appeal to the authors of this act; if you think your act was heroism or consider yourself the opposition — this is your right. But I am very ashamed and disappointed for our whole village, for all of our good and kind people living [here].”

At the end of his message, the head of the village suggested “going forward together and treating [our] small motherland with real love and dignity.”

According to the regional publication Mkchita.ru, the police are already looking for those responsible for changing the village’s sign.

We won’t give up Because you’re with us

Реклама