Putin as dictator hoisted on church facade

An outsize painting on cloth depicting the Russian president Vladimir Putin as a dictator was placed on the façade of the Church of St. Jacob in the west Bohemian town of Sokolov on Thursday. A group of local citizens thus protested against the annexation of Crimea by Russia and its aggressive policy in eastern Ukraine. They chose to place the painting on the main square at a time when the Communist Party was holding its May Day rally there. The picture had previously hung in public places in Mladá Boleslav, Liberec and Prague.