Coronation. From Upgrade series.
October 7th, 2019, in birthday of Vladimir Putin, in small town in Moscow region called Kolomna, one artist from Ekaterinburg made a mural, popularly known as «Atlas-Putin». On this mural you can see the man, which looks just like the president of Russia, wearing greek-style toga, standing on the pedestal and holding planet Earth. Above his head was a text: «You are keeping (supporting) the whole world, and the whole world is supporting you».
Author said that it was his own idea to congratulate Putin this way.
On the next day after the vote about constitutional amendments through which Putin presidential terms would be reset, on July 2, 2020, about 1 p.m. another artist from Ekaterinburg had arrived in Kolomna and started to make some changes in original «congratulation mural». Instead of planet Earth should’ve been a big gold crown, and all text should’ve disappeared. About 5-00 pm «upgrade» was quite closed to finish, but on the finish line the process of painting was interrupted by police. After that authors of new version of Atlas spent about 24 hours in police station, until the lawyers were come and Kolomna’s court decides to judge artists for using foul language in public place.
Meanwhile, about 6 pm July 2, on the place of coronation arrived a team from Kolomna’s government, to solve the problem with new version of mural. About 7 pm, with help of the same skylift which Ural artists rented, the Crown was covered with light grey paint.
Week after, around 9-10th July, 2020, mural was restored by unknown artists – planet Earth and all original texts returned to the same places. Circle has completed, and story goes further.
Thanks to Igor, Nikita, Natalia, Marianna, Marina, our lawyers Fedor Sirosh (Agora) and Michael Birukov (OVD Info), and special thanks to two dickheads from FSB for priceless experience and «interesting» conversations.
To be continued.
Kolomna, Russia, 2020.