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kísértet, Ukrajna / A spectre haunts Ukraine
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In the attached article, internationally renowned Ukrainian artist and illustrator Boris Groh’s work is showcased, depicted in the accompanying image. One of his pieces captures a member of the monstrous family, offering a close examination free of charge. These works, which undoubtedly reflect the influence of hair-raising horror films and similar comic book aesthetics, have emerged from Boris’ studio in recent times.

While it may be strongly debated whether the figure is precisely a spectre, it is undeniably a monster, unmistakably alluding to the fact that it carries a tattered Russian flag amidst the ruins. Of course, this interpretation can be understood in various ways, as is often the case with any form of creative expression.

Nevertheless, it is true that this “A Spectre Haunts…” alludes to The Communist Manifesto. However, in this newly crafted paraphrase amidst the bloody whirlwind of our times, Europe has transformed into Ukraine, and it is not the specter of communism that haunts Ukraine, but that of fascism. This is a reference to Ukraine’s fascistization, supposedly attributed to a Russian blogger named Vladlen Tatarsky, also known as a vojenkor (war correspondent). He created various witty justifications for the destruction of Ukrainians, following in the footsteps of Putin, until he himself fell victim to the madness of our current April in Saint Petersburg, at the feet of his own statue.

This is indeed a profoundly transformed mythological tale, employing entirely new techniques, extensively covered by the press (including the Dana’s newspaper in Serbia, for example). Although this occurred during the budding spring, we will briefly recount the events, if you allow us, as new motifs may have emerged while time advanced to the uncertain point where we find ourselves now—firmly rooted amidst the escalating winds of destruction.

In the increasingly murky fluid of war’s threat.

In times that increasingly resemble Boris Groh’s world.

But let us set aside any indulgence in embellishing or complicating matters with excessive foreign expressions. Briefly, this is what happened to the blogger with the artistic pseudonym VLAD-LEN, inspired by Vladimir Lenin and a character from Viktor Pelevin’s novel. When he went to Saint Petersburg to converse with a group of young individuals supporting the invasion of Ukraine, he was killed at the scene. According to official accusations, the perpetrator of the attack was a young opposition-minded woman named Darja Trepova. She had traveled from Moscow and apparently had connections to Ukrainian secret services—although the nature of this relationship remains obscure, while Darja’s actions are less so.

kísértet, Ukrajna

Darja had a plane ticket for abroad

Surveillance cameras recorded her arrival at the location with a large package, which she brought into a café in Saint Petersburg. Inside was a smaller statue depicting Tatarsky, which ultimately ended up alongside the conceited blogger. Darja claimed to be fond of sculpting and presented it as her personal gift. The surprised man was touched by the gesture.

To such an extent that, even then, he failed to comprehend the essence of the situation and treated it as a joke. He jokingly allowed Darja to take a seat further back, as she claimed to be a shy person who preferred not to be in the center of attention. Ultimately, she was not positioned close enough when the statue suddenly exploded with tremendous force. The remote-controlled bomb hidden within it killed the main speaker and severely injured several others.

The following day, Trepova, who had vanished without a single scratch from the site of the assassination attempt, was captured. Initially, she confessed that she had been told (by certain individuals/?) that the statue contained only a hidden listening device. The young woman has been in custody since then, as the investigation continues.

kísértet, Ukrajna

Rumors have spread that the horrific death of the Ukrainian-born blogger has transformed him into a true hero in Russia. Originally known as Maxim Fomin, he was far from being an angel and had even committed a bank robbery at some point during a desperate or vulnerable moment. However, all of this is now shrouded in mystery. A multitude of grieving people brought candles and flowers to the scene, mourning the post-Soviet “people’s hero” in the immediate vicinity. Surprisingly, Vladimir Putin posthumously honored Fomin, despite the blogger frequently criticizing the official Russian military leadership. As a result, Vladlen Tatarsky was awarded the Order of Courage. He is the blogger who controversially believes that hospitals should be targeted to increase the number of Ukrainian casualties on the operating tables.

Allegedly, a search was conducted at the residence of Darja’s liberal artist partner in St. Petersburg, with whom she had participated in anti-war protests on multiple occasions. The details of what was seized and what was not remain unknown. However, a leaked statement from one of the search officers expressed sincere concerns about the mental state of the couple in relation to the artwork observed at the scene.

Kísértet, Ukrajna

P.S. The author of the aforementioned Danas article briefly mentions that according to those who know her, Darja Trepova is a simple girl who once aspired for more. She had previously tried to establish herself as a model but eventually gave up on that pursuit and worked at a thrift store (something along the lines of a vintage store, like the company Szputnyik). It is intriguing to note that Darja had an unused plane ticket for a foreign destination. Additionally, some opinions suggest that the Ukrainian secret service may not be behind these events, as it could be an internal power struggle. The result of this process is the increasing reports of internal dissent within Russia. Leading the dissatisfied is Yevgeny Prigozhin, the outspoken and ruthless leader of the Wagner mercenary army.


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