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Cartoon Villains: The Russia-Ukraine Crisis In Caricature

Andrei Zakirzyanov presents his take on the Russia-Ukraine crisis in a series of political cartoons for RFE/RL's Current Time TV program.

The Ukraine cease-fire talks in Minsk, attended by the leaders of (left to right) Belarus, Ukraine, France, Germany, and Russia, with a play on the title of the British action film Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels in English and Russian 
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The Ukraine cease-fire talks in Minsk, attended by the leaders of (left to right) Belarus, Ukraine, France, Germany, and Russia, with a play on the title of the British action film Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels in English and Russian 

"Russian Ebola Symptoms Apathy Blindness Deafness Muteness        Acute brain failure Hallucinations Sudden aggression Propensity for violence Loss of orientation OursOurs Syndrome Paranoia ... Vatomania Ukropophobia Not treatable!"
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"Russian Ebola

Symptoms

Apathy Blindness
Deafness Muteness       
Acute brain failure
Hallucinations
Sudden aggression
Propensity for violence
Loss of orientation
OursOurs Syndrome
Paranoia
...
Vatomania
Ukropophobia

Not treatable!"

"Peacemaker of the Year": Vladimir Putin as a terrorist with two hostages
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"Peacemaker of the Year": Vladimir Putin as a terrorist with two hostages

"So vile and cynical": Vladimir Putin cries crocodile tears as he points at the views of security cameras on the bridge in Moscow where Boris Nemtsov was killed on February 27, an act Putin described as "vile and cynical."
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"So vile and cynical": Vladimir Putin cries crocodile tears as he points at the views of security cameras on the bridge in Moscow where Boris Nemtsov was killed on February 27, an act Putin described as "vile and cynical."

A parody using characters from the famous Soviet film Ivan Vasilievich: Back To The Future: "Fie on you! Fie on you again!" reads the top title. Tsar Putin: "I was plagued by vague doubts."  Courtier: "What? What? The Crimean district? Such a question can't be resolved so quickly! Come back in a week!" Angela Merkel: "Oh, ja, ja! The Crimea district! Oh, ja, ja!"
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A parody using characters from the famous Soviet film Ivan Vasilievich: Back To The Future:
"Fie on you! Fie on you again!" reads the top title.
Tsar Putin: "I was plagued by vague doubts." 
Courtier: "What? What? The Crimean district? Such a question can't be resolved so quickly! Come back in a week!"
Angela Merkel: "Oh, ja, ja! The Crimea district! Oh, ja, ja!"

"Anticrisis plan": On January 28, the Russian government issued its "anticrisis" economic plan, cutting spending in all areas but military and social spending.
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"Anticrisis plan": On January 28, the Russian government issued its "anticrisis" economic plan, cutting spending in all areas but military and social spending.

A parody of Ukraine's hryvnya currency, "1,000 Kievan Rus rubles," issued by the "Russian Occupation Bank."
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A parody of Ukraine's hryvnya currency, "1,000 Kievan Rus rubles," issued by the "Russian Occupation Bank."

Putin in a tank: "Terms of the armistice exceeded, I'm pulling our troops back to..." with a sign showing the distances to the Ukrainian cities of Mariupol, Kharkiv, and Kyiv.
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Putin in a tank: "Terms of the armistice exceeded, I'm pulling our troops back to..." with a sign showing the distances to the Ukrainian cities of Mariupol, Kharkiv, and Kyiv.

"Je suis Kobzon": A cartoon linking the "Je suis Charlie" campaign following the Charlie Hebdo massacre with Western sanctions hitting Russian crooner Iosif Kobzon
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"Je suis Kobzon": A cartoon linking the "Je suis Charlie" campaign following the Charlie Hebdo massacre with Western sanctions hitting Russian crooner Iosif Kobzon

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