Russian satirical artist lampoons Putin in Syrian-North Korean inspired mashup

 

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Editor’s note: This article’s original title & body may have mislead readers into believing Budaev’s piece was genuine and non-satirical

Russian satirical artist is Andrei Budaev released the following photoshopped image, titled The Peace Maker, in a digital book titled “Metamorphosis XXI Book VIII,” page 157. The piece, which depicts Putin as glorified strongman in a Soviet realist art style (example here) also gives him the added height of Russian Imperial Tsar Peter I (‘The Great’) and flanks him with various anti-Ukrainian or anti-Western figures, such as Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad.

The image is based off a mural by North Korean artists of late Syrian president Hafez al-Assad at the October War Panorama in Damascus, Syria; which in turn was inspired by the  Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Museum in Pyongyang, North Korea.

Portrait of Hafez al-Assad, October War Panorama, Damascus, Syria

Some of Budaev’s other work humorously depicting Vladimir Putin:

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Edited by: Mat Babiak

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