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A Pro-Putin Art Collective Held An Anti-Ukraine Exhibit In Moscow

Nearly a year after protesters ousted former President Viktor Yanukovych from Ukraine, a Moscow art group showed history from the Kremlin's point of view.

Last updated on February 6, 2015, at 1:48 p.m. ET

Posted on February 6, 2015, at 1:48 p.m. ET

To mark the one-year anniversary of former President Viktor Yanukovych's ouster from Kiev, a Russian art group put on an exhibit yesterday that presents the Kremlin's take on the turmoil in Ukraine.

In this picture, Alexander "The Surgeon" Zaldostanov, leader of the pro-Putin Night Wolves biker gang, repels Molotov cocktails thrown by pro-Ukraine protesters. "There will be no Maidan," the text reads.

"Anti-Maidan," named after the Kiev square where protesters and police clashed violently, commemorates "the tragic events that occurred on the Maidan," according to a description posted on the Russian social network VKontake.

"Ukraine is Europe," the sign text reads in Ukrainian, above a pile of tires and bricks like those demonstrators used to cordon off the square and bottles representing Molotov cocktails.

"The artworks convey the atmosphere of present-day Ukraine, bringing all the fear and horror before the eyes of the visitors," the group — known in English as "Studio 13" — says of the exhibit.

"Approximately one year ago, Ukraine ceased to be an independent country and became subject to Western ideas," the description continues.

"November 2013," the text reads. "I got the hint," Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko says to Obama.


The art on display doesn't bother to hide its political slant. "And then I'll take you into NATO..." Obama tells Poroshenko, in a parody of Brokeback Mountain.

Poroshenko is shown presiding over a pile of skulls, ostensibly casualties from the war with Russian-backed separatists in Ukraine's East.

"It seems I know what the Mad King Aerys looked like. I hope Jamie Lannister is near. #AntiMaidan #Studio13"

Here, Poroshenko lights a Cossack on fire.

"I am not Charlie," the sign the boy in this picture reads, "I'm Vanya from Donbass. I'm eight years old. And Poroshenko wanted to kill me. #I'mVanya"

The Kremlin claims the Ukrainian army shot down Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 over East Ukraine last July, despite evidence suggesting Russian-backed separatists were to blame.

"The cynicism of this crime knows no limits. But neither do any of the policies of the current Ukrainian authorities. #MalaysianBoeing #Ukraine"

Studio 13's members are big fans of Russian President Vladimir Putin, depicting him as a hero battling what the country's state-owned media call the "fascist junta" in Kiev.

#Putin #patrioticcaricatures #Russia #Studio13

"Thanks for the sanctions!" Putin declares. "Look what great cement we've started making! Our own!"

#Putin #Obama #Studio13 #art

"Everything as usual. He's just saving the world."

#Putin #art #Studio13

This post was updated to correct the translation. An earlier version of the captions said "Ukraine is not Europe" and that Vanya wanted to kill Poroshenko, not the other way around.