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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Irreverent Slogans Poke Fun at the President

Www.grani.ruYevgeny Gruzdev's winning Grani.ru contest entry, with the slogan, "He Chose Order." Many entries focused on a boycott.
As the presidential election campaign limps to an end, the candidates have failed to come up with any snappy slogans or advertisements. A web site, however, has stepped in to fill the gap, devising its own contest for the best poster and slogan.

The winning entry, which www.grani.ru announced Tuesday, is of a prison uniform with the date of the election, March 14, stitched on the chest instead of a prisoner number. The slogan underneath reads, "He Chose Order." The entry came from Yevgeny Gruzdev of Naberezhniye Chelny, Tatarstan. He received $1,000.

Although popular among the public, President Vladimir Putin was not so popular among the contestants, not one of whom submitted an entry in support of him.

One major theme of the slogans was a boycott of the vote. "14th March? It would be better to go to the circus with your kids," says one. "14 March. Everyone go skiing," says another. "There is a shadow over the country. You'd be better off eating your ballot," says a third.

Kommersant was so impressed with one entry that it ran it on its front page Thursday: a picture of Putin holding up his middle finger with the words "Vertikal Vlasti," or "The Power Vertical," written down the side.

Among the contest's judges were cartoonist Andrei Bilzho, satirist Viktor Shenderovich and journalist Yelena Tregubova, the author of a tell-all book on the Kremlin.