Translated from Ura.ru:
Street artists have painted the roads of Yekaterinburg with the caricatures of municipal and region leaders. They were made in such ways that the road pits, potholes and other irregularities became the part of the drawings.
Each caricature is accompanied by the quote from official’s speech.
It should be noted that Yekaterinburg has constantly been criticized for the quality of roads. In this aspect the fourth-largest Russia’s city is behind other Russian cities-”millionaires” [ed: cities with the population over million people], not to mention the European and Asian cities.
In the early days of his leadership the governor Yevgenij Kuyvashev used to name the state of the roads in Yekaterinburg as one of his priorities.
Reaction of city officials
Yesterday the news about graffiti became the most discussed topic in the region’s news sites; the information about street art was published in all Yekaterinburg federal newspapers.
But in the administration of Yekaterinburg they pretend that cartoon images have nothing to do with them.
“Why did you decide that it was the head of the city or region? These are just graphic elements, vaguely reminiscent of the representatives of the Yekaterinburg government” – said the spokesman of city administration, Denis Sukhorukov.
He stressed that painting of the graffiti wasn’t approved by authorities, which is “not quite right”.
“Probably in the near future the municipal services will clean the roads and remove the drawings because for them this is just the contamination of the urban area.“
Graffitis removed .. potholes repaired?
Comments of Russian netizens (translated from http://drugoi.livejournal.com/3749961.html)
yuravoloshin: That’s their mistake. It was necessary urgently bring to those points the road repair crews and quickly fix the road. People would appreciate it.Это их ошибка. Надо было срочно ремонтные дорожные бригады на эти точки вызвать и быстро отремонтировать дорогу. Народ бы оценил.
dvdsrksn: The main thing is that the photos had already spread all over the internet. The goal is achieved, they can remove as much as they want now.Главное, что фотографии уже облетели весь интернет. Цель достигнута, пусть затирают сколько хотят.
[Note: Commenter referred to the case of girls from "Pussy Riot" who are currently detained for hooliganism and might get the prison term of 7 years]
alpauk: They should make new law which would criminalize drawing the images of acting officials on the pavement.Необходимо внести законопроект, предусматривающий уголовную ответственность за изображение лиц действующих чиновников на асфальте.