Two Russian citizens were arrested in the city of Cheboksary after security camera footage showed them damaging a large ‘Z’ installation in a public square on Friday, June 17, the Ministry of Internal Affairs for the Chuvash Republic said.
This footage released by the ministry shows the two men, aged 22 and 24, taking turns kicking and punching through the large letter, which created visible holes.
The Z symbol has been widely seen painted on military vehicles used in the invasion of Ukraine, as well as on clothing and billboards. The black and orange stripes on the installation are considered symbols of remembrance for the Russians who died in World War II. It is considered to be a symbol of support for Russia’s ongoing war.
According to the statement from the Ministry of Internal Affairs for the Chuvash Republic, the men were charged with breaking Part 1 of Article 20.3.3 of the Code of Administrative Offenses of the Russian Federation, which prohibits “public actions aimed at discrediting the use of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation.”
When an interviewer asked the men in custody what their motive was, one attributed it to being drunk and the other’s response is inaudible. Credit: Press Service of the Ministry of Internal Affairs for the Chuvash Republic via Storyful