Russian artist Alexander Donskoy
chose Adolf Hitler as his canvas
to see how Russians would react
to their WWII foe
(SOUNDBITE) (Russian) RUSSIAN ARTIST, ALEXANDER DONSKOY, SAYING:
"Today, the performance of "Red Hitler" is taking place right in the center of Moscow to find out the attitude of Russians towards Hitler and fascism. People can interact with the portrait, there is a box with various tools, people can set fire on it, put something on it, or paint something on it, you can do anything with this item."
The stunt falls on the anniversary
of the Nazi invasion of Russia
on June 22, 1941
(SOUNDBITE) (Russian) MOSCOW RESIDENT, VLADIMIR OBRAZTSOV, SAYING:
"In fact, this is not Hitler himself, this is just a photo of him, and it is reflected in the minds of people in a way that they want to express themselves somehow, using those tools from the box - paint something, someone put the Bible on it. People get some new emotions."