Why are blue undergarments, toilet brushes and snow graffiti being used as symbols in Russia's protests? - Happy Boss

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Monday, 1 February 2021

Why are blue undergarments, toilet brushes and snow graffiti being used as symbols in Russia's protests?

Almost every day, some protestors are seen hanging blue boxer shorts on street signs or posting pictures of themselves clad in blue underwear.


Russia's protest movement in support of jailed Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny has seen demonstrators getting creative in the past few weeks.

Before we get down to the various bizarre symbols, let us recall how the protests began in Russia.

Alexei Navalny, after suffered an attack with the Novichok nerve agent in August, said agents from Federal Security Service (FSB) placed the toxin in the lining of his blue underwear.

The protests have been going in Russia for over a month now. Almost every day, some protestors are seen hanging blue boxer shorts on street signs or posting pictures of themselves clad in blue underwear. The blue boxers are reportedly being used to show how Russia's best-known opposition figure claims he was poisoned, according to an AFP report.

Then the blue undergarment link took a comic turn when President Vladimir Putin marked the Orthodox ritual celebrating the baptism of Jesus Christ this month by dunking himself in ice-cold water. He did so by wearing blue swimming trunks.

After a video of the ritual went viral,  Navalny's allies joked that Putin was sporting his opponent's underwear.

Protesters have also been seen carrying toilet brushes during rallies.

What is the connection? Navalny, while being detained in a high-end complex after returning to Russia from Germany noticed something interesting in a toilet. He claimed that a high-end toilet brush in one of the toilets was priced at  700 euros ($619).

The complex allegedly features everything from an underground ice rink to a casino.

Various forms of snow tools have also become symbols.

Protestors in Moscow were seen pelting riot police and even vehicles that belonged to the FSB with snowballs. According to the TASS news agency, a snowball cracked a car window and even damaged a driver's eye

"Free Navalny" was written on a snow-covered wall, photos and videos of which have been shared on social media.

According to reports, more than 4000 people have been detained in Russia due to the protests.

 

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