A group of Russian students celebrated Barack Obama's 53rd birthday Monday by laser-projecting an image of the U.S. president with a banana sliding suggestively in and out of his mouth onto the U.S. embassy in Moscow.
A political art group called the Moscow Student Initiative took credit on VK, the Russian equivalent of Facebook, writing, "Laser show at the US Embassy in Moscow as a gift to Barack Obama."
Earlier in the day, the Student Initiative hung this banner on another building near the embassy, the Moscow Times reported:
It reads, "I don't see. I don't hear. I don't speak the truth to anybody!"
The laser show's banana imagery has been decried as racist in U.S. and British media. In Russia, mocking the president with Photoshopped bananas is common. The Moscow Times says posters like this one (caption: "Don't choke!") had been up since Winter, and were finally pulled down in July:
A Russian former figure skater and current member of Parliament, Irina Rodnina, also came under fire during the Sochi Olympics for tweeting this Photoshopped image: