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Russians Burned Effigies Of President Obama At A Pancake Festival This Weekend

Maslenitsa, or "Pancake Week," celebrates the end of winter in Russia and Ukraine. This year, with relations between Russia and the West at a historic low, some revelers got political.

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Last week, Russians celebrated Maslenitsa, a traditional festival that heralds the coming end of winter with copious amounts of pancakes.

It's also known as "Pancake Week" and it's an opportunity to indulge in the pleasures of rich ingredients banned during Lent.

This year, with U.S.-Russian relations at their lowest point in decades, some of the celebrations got pretty political.

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In Crimea, people painted hundreds of pancakes in the colors of the Russian flag. Russia's invasion and annexation of the peninsula from Ukraine last year caused outcry from the Ukrainian government and Western nations.

These guys were even more direct.

Yes, that's a photo of Obama attached to an archery target.

Obama got a break in the Ukrainian city of Sumy, where people burned an effigy of Russian President Vladimir Putin instead.

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Putin here sports an orange-and-black St. George's ribbon like those adopted by Russian-backed separatists in eastern Ukraine and blue swag from ousted former Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych's Party of Regions.

Susie Armitage is the Global Managing Editor and is based in New York.

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