A graffiti depicting the presidents of Belarus and Russia has appeared on the wall near the bicycle path running along the Svisloch River on Industrialnaya Street, naviny.by reports.
A painting with President Alexander Lukashenko and his colleague Vladimir Putin kissing is captioned with My God, Help Me to Survive This Deadly Love.
Its appearance coincided with street protests against the integration of Belarus and Russia, which took place in Minsk and other cities of the country.
This image is a clear reference to one of the best-known graffiti in the world also known as the Fraternal Kiss. The work by famous Russian-German artist Dmitri Vrubel depicts Leonid Brezhnev and Erich Honecker in a socialist fraternal kiss on the Berlin wall.
Created in 1990, it reproduced a photo that captured the moment in 1979 during the anniversary celebration of the foundation of the German Democratic Republic. Recall that Minsk and Moscow have been negotiating closer integration on all levels for some time now.
The issue arose after Belarus asked for compensation from Russia for its tax manoeuvre that will cost the Belarusian economy up to $9 billion dollars; direct budget losses – $3,238 billion.