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Clock "Russia"
(Street Art festival "Mesto")

Nizhny Novgorod (12.06.2021)

Russia Day

The city of Nizhny Novgorod is known for such people as Andrei Sakharov, Boris Nemtsov, and Irina Slavina. Andrei Sakharov was an academician and harbinger of a new time and a new country. He spent seven years in exile in Nizhny Novgorod (formerly known as Gorky) for his struggle against the totalitarian system. Boris Nemtsov was the first governor of Nizhny Novgorod, a promising politician, and a symbol of change and hope. Nemtsov was killed for his beliefs. Nizhny Novgorod's most independent journalist and social activist, Irina Slavina, committed an act of self-immolation as a response to lawlessness. Before the death, she wrote on her Facebook page: "The one to blame for my death is the Russian Federation.”

The clock mechanism represents modern Russia moving backwards rather than forwards. In 1991, with the collapse of the USSR, there was a hope that people would live in a country of democracy; a country with a set of liberal values, with freedom of speech, alternation of power, a fair trial, and equality before the law. However, thirty years later, these hopes have still not been fulfilled.

Street art festival "MESTO". 12.06.2021