President Barack Obama celebrated his 53rd birthday on Monday. Russian protesters used this opportunity to mock him by creating a racist laser projection image of the U.S. President in a birthday hat with a banana going in and out of his mouth, followed by the words Obama, Happy Birthday. To add insult to injury, this was done on the U.S. Embassy Building in Moscow. The Moscow Student Initiative took responsibility for the stunt. Not far from the U.S. Embassy, another poster was displayed in the U.S. Consular Section of Moscow depicting President Obama as the "Three Wise Monkeys," hear no evil, see no evil, speak no evil. This comes following rising tension between the U.S. and Russia which has escalated over the past year due to several issues. It began when Russia refused to turn in former NSA contractor Eric Snowden over to U.S. authorities after he leaked vital intelligence information. Russia recently granted Snowden permission to stay for 3 more years. In addition, the conflict in Ukraine and Russia's involvement has been looked down upon by the international community. Russia's claims that the U.S. was somehow involved with the shooting down of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 in Ukraine, while others believe it was pro-Russian Rebels fighting in the area where the plane crashed. This investigation has also created more bad blood within the international community. In the midst of rising international crises, one thing is certain, racist mockery will solve none of it.
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