The self-proclaimed autonomy of Kosovo angered many Russians, not least these young dramatists who blame the move on the US, who according to them is responsible for selling the country to the grim reaper.
A pro-Kremlin group of dramatists from the movement ‘Young Russia' staged a powerful performance in front of the Serbian embassy in Moscow on Sunday afternoon in "support of Serbia". The group explained that Kosovo's independence was illegal and only manageable through the immoral support of the USA and European countries. The group took a minute's silence and left flowers by the embassy for all the victims that they believe will die at war. Participants were given a band with the inscription "I am for an undividable Serbia!"
Maksim Mischenko, head of ‘Rossiya Molodaya' (‘Young Russia'), begins the show asking Kosovars "Why are you tearing away from this land?" The crowd then chants ‘Serbia we are with you!". A padlocked box is dragged centre stage by American soldiers, which is chain-sawed open by Condoleezza Rice. Out leaps the grim reaper who, much excited to be finally let free, is offered the world by the American soldiers, which he soon devours. Bystanders then mourn the world, while Maksim continues to relay the message to the audience that "NO to the genocide of Serbs!"
Comment from Pyotr Romanov, a political observer for the Russian news agency RIA Novosti. See his blog.
Comment from George, A refugee from Abkhazia currently living in Tbilisi, Georgia. See his blog.
One Russian blogger says that the move will act as a precedent for other regions.