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Photo of the day  Alexey Navalny graffiti mural in St. Petersburg painted over after just four hours

Source: Meduza
On the morning of Wednesday, April 28, a graffiti mural of jailed Kremlin critic Alexey Navalny appeared on a transformer vault in St. Petersburg’s Pushkarsky Garden. It showed Navalny holding his hands in the shape of a heart, accompanied by the phrase “A hero of the new times.” The artist behind the mural remains unknown. Artists from the HoodGraff collective, who previously <a href="https://meduza.io/shapito/2018/07/10/v-peterburge-pererisovali-graffiti-s-cherchesovym-teper-s-voinskim-privetstviem" target="_blank">painted</a> a graffiti mural of Russian national soccer team coach Stanislav Cherchesov on the same building, said that they <a href="https://www.fontanka.ru/2021/04/28/69889637/" target="_blank">weren’t involved</a> in the Navalny graffiti. Photographer Georgy Markov, who first reported the appearance of the mural, <a href="https://twitter.com/pixsl_markov/status/1387273849834725377" target="_blank">snapped pictures</a> of it around 6:14 a.m. local time. About four hours later, around 10:34 a.m., journalist David Frenkel <a href="https://twitter.com/merr1k/status/1387309155879432193" target="_blank">reported</a> that the mural was being painted over. 
On the morning of Wednesday, April 28, a graffiti mural of jailed Kremlin critic Alexey Navalny appeared on a transformer vault in St. Petersburg’s Pushkarsky Garden. It showed Navalny holding his hands in the shape of a heart, accompanied by the phrase “A hero of the new times.” The artist behind the mural remains unknown. Artists from the HoodGraff collective, who previously painted a graffiti mural of Russian national soccer team coach Stanislav Cherchesov on the same building, said that they weren’t involved in the Navalny graffiti. Photographer Georgy Markov, who first reported the appearance of the mural, snapped pictures of it around 6:14 a.m. local time. About four hours later, around 10:34 a.m., journalist David Frenkel reported that the mural was being painted over. 
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