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Russian artist paints Pepe the Frog like you’ve never seen him before

24 March 2017 · St Petersburg · Russia
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  • Pepe the Frog - Portrait of Dr. Gachet, 2016, Olga Vishnevsky

  • Pepe the Frog - Girl with a Pearl Earring, 2016, Olga Vishnevsky

  • Pepe The Frog - Mona Lisa, La Gioconda Pepe The Sad Frog, 2017, Olga Vishnevsky

  • Pepe The Frog - Harlequin, 2016, Olga Vishnevsky

  • Pepe the Frog With Grapes, Young Sick Bacchus Pepe, 2016, Olga Vishnevsky

Have you ever looked at popular internet meme Pepe the Frog and thought “Hmm, I'm not sure I can totally agree with the views he represents, but I sure do wonder what he would look like in the style of Van Gogh”? Us too. Thankfully, St Petersburg-based painter Olga Vishnevsky had just the same thought.

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Photo of the week: visit a fictional Slovenian town where time stands still

24 March 2017 · Slovenia
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Our photo of the week, taken by Slovenian photographer Jaka Bulc, imagines a town that could exist in any place, in any era. For his ongoing series Steelerton, Bulc, originally from Ljubljana, was inspired by a place he'd often visited as a child. 

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Serbian architects rally to save bombed Yugoslav Defence Ministry

24 March 2017 · Belgrade · Serbia
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(Image: Not home under a CC licence)

If you've been to Belgrade, you've likely seen the city's most famous ruin. Many consider the former Yugoslav Defence Ministry, bombed by NATO in 1999, a key piece of cultural heritage, while others see it as an eyesore — a group of local architects are now protesting the government's decision to demolish part of this significant site.

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Blue teeth: explore digital artist Uno Moralez’s graphic novel in Moscow

24 March 2017 · Moscow · Ufa · Russia
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Russian digital artist Uno Moralez's solo exhibition Blue teeth opens on 31 March at Triumph Gallery in Moscow, based on his unpublished graphic novel of the same name.

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Enjoy Tarkovsky for free

24 March 2017 · Russia
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Still from Ivan’s Childhood (1962, dir. Andrei Tarkovsky)

Andrei Tarkovsky fans rejoice — the Mosfilm Cinema Concern has launched a collection of films by the acclaimed director on its YouTube channel, and they are all free to view!

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The only truth: Novi Sad mural disappearance sparks anger

23 March 2017 · Novi Sad · Serbia
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  • The Only Truth by Remed, digitalised by Stefan Alex Kostić (Image: Ivica Milarić / @filmzadanas / Twitter)

  • The various stages of the mural wall’s development (Image: tandaramandarina / @lee_lloo / Twitter)

  • A t-shirt made in honour of the scandal (Image: Dorian Gray / @SrdjanNovakovic / Twitter)

Protests broke out last week after a prominent mural in Serbia's second city, Novi Sad, was unexpectedly painted over. The artist behind the mural, French-born Guillaume Alby, also known as Remed, believes that the city authorities lie behind its disappearance.

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Prague and St Petersburg named among world’s top destinations

23 March 2017 · Prague · St Petersburg · Czech Republic · Russia
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Prague and St Petersburg are two New East destinations competing on a world level, according to travel site TripAdvisor. The two cities recently placed in the Top 25 World Destinations contest, which forms part of the site's 2017 Travellers' Choice Awards.

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Russia refuses to broadcast Eurovision after contestant banned from Ukraine

23 March 2017 · Russia · Ukraine
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  • (Julia Samoylova - Flame Is Burning (Russia) Eurovision 2017 - Official Video / Eurovision Song Contest / YouTube)

Russia's Channel One and All-Russia State Television and Radio Broadcasting Company have announced that they will not broadcast this year's Eurovision Song Contest, after Ukraine banned Russia's entrant, Yulia Samoylova, from entering the country to participate in the contest in May.

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Melania Trump’s Slovenian hometown unveils new First Lady brand

23 March 2017 · Slovenia
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Melanie Trump on the campaign trail in 2015 (Image: The White House)

The Slovenian town of Sevnica is making the most of its status as the hometown of US First Lady Melania Trump, launching a new brand in her honour. Aptly named First Lady, the brand is a one stop shop for the best in homemade local products.

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Ukraine bars Russian Eurovision contestant

22 March 2017 · Russia · Ukraine
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  • (Julia Samoylova - Flame Is Burning (Russia) Eurovision 2017 - Official Video / Eurovision Song Contest / YouTube)

Ukraine has banned Russia's Eurovision entrant, Yulia Samoylova, from entering the country to participate in the Eurovision Song Contest in May.

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