April 23, 2021

Attack of the "Uncultured" Muscovites


Attack of the "Uncultured" Muscovites
A parkour traceur's dream. The RussianLife files

Sometimes, online rage is justified. As in this case.

Photos have surfaced of a Moscow parkour participant (called a "traceur") atop a statue on a famous Petersburg landmark, leading to anger towards the "uncultured" visitors.

A St. Petersburg tour guide shared the images in a Facebook group for Petersburg residents, along with a call to get the perpetrators reported. Replies to the post reflect disgust and disappointment, and urge authorities to better police historic sites.

The pictures show a well-known Moscow parkour traceur standing jauntily atop the head of a century-old neoclassical statue adorning the famous Rosenstein apartment building in downtown St. Petersburg. The typical Petersburg rooftop hangout this was not, but rather a crass (and, to some, disrespectful) stunt.

This is just the latest development in the long-standing rivalry between Russia's two "capital" cities. Not even our editorial team can agree.

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