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Petersburg authorities demanded to paint graffiti with Cherchesov a day before the match Russia-Croatia

During the 2018 World Cup, a wall with a Russian coach and the signature “You’re just a space, Stas” has become a popular place for a photo.

Photo by Alexander Kryazhev, RIA Novosti

The administration of the Petrogradsky district of St. Petersburg demanded that Lenenergo paint off graffiti depicting the head coach of the Russian national football team Stanislav Cherchesov. Notification of the decision was sent on July 6 – the day before the match of the Russian team with Croatia in the quarter finals of the 2018 World Cup.

Last updated at 17:50: the administration of the Petrogradsky District postponed the painting of graffiti with Cherchesov until November. This was told to Interfax in the press service of Lenenergo.

We asked to extend the deadline for the execution of the order [on the elimination of graffiti [for two weeks, we just agreed to change the deadline before November 1.


The picture appeared in the Pushkarsk garden on the wall of one of the substations of Lenenergo after Russia’s victory over Egypt with a score of 3: 1. The authors of the work are the HoodGraff team, who previously painted graffiti with Sergei Bodrov, Pavel Durov and Steve Jobs.

Alongside Cherchesov, the inscription “You are simply cosmos, Stas” was added – during the time of mundialya the song of the group “Leningrad” with this name became firmly associated with the coach. Among the city’s residents and tourists, the wall with graffiti has become a popular place for photos.

“Interfax” noted that the graffiti was complained by a local resident who was “ashamed of local street art”. On the portal “Our St. Petersburg” he has 430 complaints, of which 275 are satisfied. Initially, the decision on the drawing with Cherchesov had to take on the eve of the match 1/8 finals with Spain, but then the proceedings were postponed.

In Lenenergo they said that they are trying to come to terms with the authorities and leave an image of the coach of the Russian national team until the end of the 2018 World Cup.

In our opinion, the image is not extremist in nature, does not threaten the life and health of citizens. We asked the administration to extend the deadline for the execution of the order for two weeks.

press service of Lenenergo

The match Russia-Croatia will be held on July 7 at 21:00 Moscow time at the Sochi stadium “Fisht”. The winner enters the semifinal of the World Cup.

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