A campaign in Moscow to depict United States President Barack Obama as a mass killer has reached a new low, with an ad declaring that “smoking kills more people than Obama,” according to the Guardian website.
“Smoking kills more people than Obama, although he kills lots and lots of people,” the poster reads, displaying an illustration of the president pulling on a cigarette.
“Don’t smoke, don’t be like Obama.”
The poster, which adorned a bus shelter on Moscow’s third ring road, was photographed and posted online by Dmitry Gudkov, the sole liberal opposition MP in Russia’s parliament.
The anti-Obama ad, which has no attribution, is being seen in conjunction with a “Stop Obama!” video posted last week showing dozens of Russian students falling to the floor as if dead. The sole survivor holds a sign claiming that the “president of the United States kills 875 people every week.”
That video was preceded by a video in which university students from around Russia call on the United Nations to punish Obama "for thousands of lost lives”.
One of the speakers in the U.N. video has been identified as the editor of a publication put out by the ruling United Russia party’s youth wing.
In January, a banner replacing the word “hope” in Barack Obama’s iconic 2008 election poster with “killer” was hung from a residential building across from the U.S. embassy in Moscow. In early, February a video was broadcast on the sides of buildings in Moscow calling for Obama to be judged by a Hague war crimes tribunal.
It is not known who is behind the anti-Obama campaign.
Writing on his Facebook page, Gudkov said it was “disgusting and embarrassing that this is appearing on the streets of the Russian capital.”
“Soon they’ll be scaring kids with Obama rather than Baba Yaga,” the the witch from Russian folk tales.
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