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Russians Burned Effigies Of President Obama At A Pancake Festival This Weekend

Maslenitsa, or "Pancake Week," celebrates the end of winter in Russia and Ukraine. This year, with relations between Russia and the West at a historic low, some revelers got political.

Posted on February 24, 2015, at 8:38 a.m. ET

Last week, Russians celebrated Maslenitsa, a traditional festival that heralds the coming end of winter with copious amounts of pancakes.

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It's also known as "Pancake Week" and it's an opportunity to indulge in the pleasures of rich ingredients banned during Lent.

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Young men take part in physical competitions during Maslenitsa. Like organized pillow fights.

Seems like a good way to burn off all those carbs.
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Seems like a good way to burn off all those carbs.

And it's a time to burn things — typically effigies of "Lady Maslenitsa" — to hasten winter's end.

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This year, with U.S.-Russian relations at their lowest point in decades, some of the celebrations got pretty political.

In Crimea, people painted hundreds of pancakes in the colors of the Russian flag. Russia's invasion and annexation of the peninsula from Ukraine last year caused outcry from the Ukrainian government and Western nations.
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In Crimea, people painted hundreds of pancakes in the colors of the Russian flag. Russia's invasion and annexation of the peninsula from Ukraine last year caused outcry from the Ukrainian government and Western nations.

This man climbing up a wooden pole in Siberia had a special message for President Obama.

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These guys were even more direct.

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Yes, that's a photo of Obama attached to an archery target.

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Meanwhile, in Siberia...

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...some other guys lit an effigy of Obama on fire in the forest.

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They weren't unique — Obamas were also burned in the northwestern Kaliningrad region of Russia and in the Crimean city of Sevastopol.

Obama got a break in the Ukrainian city of Sumy, where people burned an effigy of Russian President Vladimir Putin instead.

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Putin here sports an orange-and-black St. George's ribbon like those adopted by Russian-backed separatists in eastern Ukraine and blue swag from ousted former Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych's Party of Regions.

Here's to the thaw.

Obama and Putin at a plenary session during the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit in Beijing, Nov., 2014.
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Obama and Putin at a plenary session during the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit in Beijing, Nov., 2014.

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