18:44 Jun. 12, 2016
No incident reported
To mark Russia's Independence Day, on June 12 the Kharkiv activists staged an improvised 'funeral ceremony' and 'buried' the dummy of Russian President Vladimir Putin.
About 30 people carried the coffin with the Russian leader's effigy along the city's streets up to the Consulate General of Russia in Kharkiv.
A brass band accompanied the funeral procession members, who held Ukrainian flags and funeral wreaths made of barbed wire.
The cortege participants put the coffin near the entrance to the Consulate building, on the roadway. Afterwards, they left.
The consulate was guarded by more than 200 police and National Guard officers. None of Russian diplomats came over to protesters.
Local representative of the nationalist group Right Sector Yuri Lihot found a Russia Day celebration absurd. Therefore, the Kharkiv activists decided to greet Russians in such an absurd manner.