The Soviet star is a symbol of Soviet dignity and power. It overlooks the houses and streets of Voronezh as a reminder of Russia’s communist history. Or, at least, it was.
It seems President-elect Donald Trump is not the only American star the Russians are into. A different kind of star is reportedly making waves in Russia. And this time, it’s a pink cartoon who lives under the sea.
Vandals in Russia decided to give a Soviet star, a highly revered symbol of communism in the country, a makeover. The said star was atop a building in a city center and vandals painted it to look like Patrick Star, the cartoon starfish from the popular American kids’ show SpongeBob Squarepants, as reported by CNN.
The defaced Soviet star in Voronezh garnered worldwide attention. However, “the townspeople are divided in opinion,” according to the town’s local photographer Paul Dolgikh. He said that while many consider it vandalism, some consider it “a manifestation of contemporary art.”
Investigations are reportedly underway, according to Metro UK. It is unclear how the vandals managed to scale the tower to repaint the star. As shown in the picture below, the star sits atop in a rather majestic pillar and placed several stories high. So, whoever painted it will have to climb up along with their painting supplies.
The outlets reports that the vandalism happened in the southwestern Russian city of Voronezh, in the Voronezh Oblast region. If the local police managed to catch the culprit, they will charge hooliganism. It has a jail term of up to 15 days, and a fine of 1,000 Russian rubles (around £12).
The Russian authorities say that they will have to repaint ‘Patrick Star’ back to normal and will send the £120 bill to whoever did it.
Many commented on the vandalized star where one Russian netizen said, “The Soviet star is part of our history, and Patrick is not.”