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Polataiko, who is famous for provocative art work such as photographing himself hanging naked from a tree, emphasized the political message.

He said Ukraine was undergoing depressing times, with the democratic achievements of the 2004 Orange Revolution now under threat as top opposition leaders suffer in jail on politically-tainted charges.

“The people are very patient, they’ve had hundreds of years of complex history,” Polataiko said. “People are experiencing apathy after the Orange Revolution … Whatever these pigs in the government do, the people endure it.”