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​Russian social media flashmob pokes fun at sanctions over Crimea

Published time: March 24, 2014 07:58
Edited time: March 24, 2014 21:37
Picture from Russian social media site VKontakte.

Picture from Russian social media site VKontakte.

A tongue-in-cheek campaign against the sanctions imposed on Russia over Crimea has taken Russian social media by storm. Web users have dreamt up a whole range of retaliatory sanctions and flooded the internet with meme pics making fun of the penalties.

Under the banner of: “Sanctions against Russia are sanctions against me!” Russian social media users have launched an unorthodox protest against the US penalties. The site oursanctions.ru is encouraging social media users to think up their own sanctions and post them as meme pics on social media under the hashtag “МоиСанкции” or “MySanctions” in English.

Below are just some of the thousands of images being posted on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Russian social network, VKontakte.

This poster prohibits members of the US State Department from engaging in a range of traditional Russian activities, such as drinking Russian vodka, eating Russian pancakes and playing the balalaika.


“From 21/03/14 President of the US Barack Obama is not allowed to try any of my flavored vodkas. Up yours, baldy!”

Photo from oursanctions.ru


“President Barack Obama and member of Congress are forbidden from stroking my cat!” wrote one user on VKontakte.

Photo fron vk.com

“Barack Obama, members of the Administration, Senate and Congress are forbidden from wishing me happy birthday," wrote kos77 on Instagram.


“This is what we think of your sanctions!”

“And then he says to me: “aren’t you gonna invite me over?
And I’m like: “sorry – sanctions!”


“Sanctions! US President Barack Obama and members of Congress are not allowed in my car!”

Photo from oursanctions.ru

Tens of thousands of VKontakte users have also blacklisted President Barack Obama’s page on the social media website.

In addition, over the weekend police detained 10 men in Moscow who had staged a protest in front of the American Embassy against the sanctions. The ten men stood outside the embassy building bare-chested with crosshairs drawn on their chests and “Shoot me!” written underneath it.

Participants of a rally "Sanctions Against Russia - Sanctions Against Me!" outside the US Embassy in Moscow. (RIA Novosti/Evgeny Biyatov)

Last week, President Barack Obama announced the US would impose sanctions on Russia for its integration of Crimea. The financial penalties in question target 20 members of the Russian government, freezing any US assets they may have and barring them from making transactions in dollars. Visa and Mastercard have also blocked Rossiya bank and Sobinbank from using their services.

Russia, for its part, has said it will not impose any retaliatory sanctions and has condemned the penalties as “irrational and designed to assert US dominance.”

Crimea held a referendum last week, with an overwhelming 96 percent of the population voting to become a part of the Russian Federation and break away from Ukraine. On Friday President Vladimir Putin signed the final decree, amending the Russian constitution and allowing for the integration of Crimea.