Activists hang large Ukrainian flag on Kotelnicheskaya Embankment Building in Moscow
Earlier today on the scaffolding of the high-rise Kotelnicheskaya Embankment Building in Moscow, activists hung a large Ukrainian flag and a large Russian flag featuring stars resembling those found on the European Union's flag.
According to the website OVD-Info, the flag was displayed as part of a demonstration of solidarity with Ukraine by the organization Edinstvo Ravnykh (Unity of Equals), which advocates for Russia's "pro-European, democratic development."
Moscow police detained three men responsible for the demonstration: Alexey Domnikov, Alexander Sharapov, and another activist by the name of Alexander. All three demonstrators are now in police custody.
The demonstration celebrates the anniversary of the beginning of the Maidan protests in Kiev in November 2013, which pushed for the adoption of an association agreement between Ukraine and Europe.
On August 20, 2014, activists painted the star above the Kotelnicheskaya Embankment Building in the colors of the Ukrainian flag. A Ukrainian daredevil named Pavel Ushivets (better known as Grisha Mustang) later took responsibility for the act.
Also on August 20, 2014, a group of base-jumpers, along with another building-climbing daredevil named Vladimir Podrevoz (who helped Ushivets reach the star), were detained at the Kotelnicheskaya Embankment Building.
In September 2015, a Russian court acquitted the base-jumpers of any wrongdoing in the vandalism of the star, while Podrevoz was sentenced to two years and three months in prison. Ushivets was able to leave Russia, and remains abroad and beyond the reach of Russian law enforcement.