Learning From the Russians

Aperture Priorities Contact Sheet #14

PUTIN, RAUS! Written in thick, bright pink on a wall in Mitte, it was hard not to read into it.

Anti-Gaza war graffiti. Via Po, Torino.

En route to a local restaurant for lunch with coworkers from Moscow, one of them said, “Berlin is too Russophobic for me.”

It was the first time I’d seen graffiti like that. It sounded enough like the Nazi slogan “Juden raus” (Jews go) to imply something similar.

Another Russian in our group downplayed its significance, saying it was about Vladimir Putin’s homophobia – hence the colour.

A third suggested “Raus” was an echo of the city’s division between the USSR and NATO.

It was a perfect moment to be a fly on the wall.

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