Protester Raises Ukrainian Flag over Moscow's Symbolic Stalinist Spire
Earlier this year Grigory also took part in the Maidan revolution in Kiev. One night he climbed the spire over the rallying crowds to fire a colored flare to boost the morale of the protesters (see photo below):
By 8:30 am Moscow time, as the hunt on mountaineers in Russia's capital continued, a team of climbers from the Ministry for Emergency Situations of the Russian Federation arrived to remove the flag from the spire and to repaint the star with the original golden paint. The Ukrainian flag over Moscow flew for about three hours.
The timing of this action was not coincidental. This Sunday, August 23, is Ukraine's Flag Day, which is also the celebration of the country's independence from the USSR, obtained peacefully in 1991.
As Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko urged all citizens today to hang the national flag in their homes, offices and their cars, he also mentioned the action in Moscow this morning. "I appreciate that on this day, even Moscow's greatest skyscraper was repainted in our colors," Poroshenko said.
A group of anti-war activists in Moscow, Committee for Solidarity with the Maidan, are also planning a day pro-Ukrainian action this Sunday, urging Muscovites to color their city with yellow-and-blue flags.
A member of the group, Pavel Shelkov, writes: "Actions of the brave climbers from the Moscow chapter of the Right Sector on the eve of Ukrainian independence seem to have launched a new popular anti-war campaign - decorating our capital with Ukrainian flags. On August 24th, let's wave Ukrainian flags in public places and attach them to cars, pin small Ukrainian flags and ribbons to our cloths, and paint flags of Ukraine where appropriate."
Earlier this month the group held a public vigil in Moscow, remembering the victims of Russian aggression in Ukraine, after the authorities rejected their request for an anti-war rally.