“toys, especially imported toys, are not only not citizens of Russia but they are not even people”

Now a petition to hold another protest featuring 100 Kinder Surprise toys, 100 Lego people, 20 model soldiers, 15 soft toys and 10 toy cars has been rejected because the toys have been deemed not to be “citizens of Russia”.

“As you understand, toys, especially imported toys, are not only not citizens of Russia but they are not even people,” Andrei Lyapunov, a spokesman for Barnaul, told local media.

At the last rally, baffled police did not know what to do with the toys, which held up banners with the words: “I’m for clean elections,” and “A thief should sit in jail, not in the Kremlin.” After taking photographs and video of the plastic offenders, they asked prosecutors to investigate its legality.

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