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President Barack Obama during an interview with CBS News (Screenshot)


An upscale Russian store chain apologised on Thursday for selling chopping boards with an image of US President Barack Obama as a monkey, after the US embassy reacted furiously.

The product features a family of monkeys, with an image of Obama’s face superimposed onto that of the smallest primate.

The store chain on Thursday announced it had pulled the item from its shelves, saying it had not been aware of Obama’s image.

“Sales of the chopping boards have been stopped,” Valentina Moiseyeva, a spokeswoman for the Bakhetle supermarket chain, TASS agency reported.

“We are sorry that such product was on our store shelves. For us it is unacceptable that a store is used as a place for political provocation,” Moiseyeva said, adding that the supermarket had lodged a formal complaint against the boards’ supplier.
The board is styled as a calendar for 2016, the year of the monkey according to the Chinese zodiac.

The Bakhetle chain is based in Russia’s traditionally Muslim region of Tatarstan but has stores throughout the country.

“Disgusting to see that such blatant racism has a place on Russian store shelves,” Will Stevens, the spokesman for the US Embassy in Moscow, wrote on Twitter.

Stevens later posted a picture of the chain’s apologetic comment, adding in a tweet: “Thank you to colleagues in Bakhetle for issuing an apology… We appreciate this.”
The scandal broke out after one customer purchased the chopping board in a store in Tatarstan’s main city Kazan and took pictures that went viral.

Racist outbursts against Obama — who is often demonised and ridiculed by pro-Kremlin figures — have grown common in Russia in recent years, even from public figures.
In 2013 Irina Rodnina, a former Olympic gold medallist and now a lawmaker with majority party United Russia, posted a collage on Twitter showing Barack and Michelle Obama looking at a banana.

She deleted the image later and claimed her account had been hacked.

https://www.rawstory.com/2015/12/russian-supermarket-under-fire-for-selling-monkey-obama-chopping-board/




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Russian Chain Apologizes For Racist Obama Cutting Board



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As tensions between Russia and the United States have intensified in recent months, Obama has come under considerable criticism and personal attack in Russia. Some of that criticism has been explicitly racist.




By Bike Timerova, Naif Akmal and Nail Alan
December 10, 2015

KAZAN, Russia -- The management of a supermarket chain in Russia's Tatarstan region has apologized for offering a cutting board decorated with a photo montage of U.S. President Barack Obama in the company of two anthropomorphized chimpanzees.

"We apologize for what happened," the management of the Bakhetle supermarket chain said in a written statement on December 10. "This is the first time we have encountered such a situation and so our staff was not prepared for it. We regret that this product ended up on the shelves of our store."

The decorative cutting board included the offending image and a 2016 calendar.

The company's statement, however, does not acknowledge the racist overtones of the design, merely saying it is "unacceptable to use a retail space as the scene of a political provocation."
The incident provoked something of an Internet sensation after U.S. Embassy spokesman Will Stevens on December 9 posted a photograph of the cutting board on his Twitter account with the comment: "Disgusting to see that such blatant #racism has a place on Russian store shelves."
The cutting boards were produced by a St. Petersburg company called Evrostil. In an interview with RFE/RL, Evrostil commercial director Kirill Naumenko said he did not know it was Obama pictured in the caricature that they found on the Internet. He said the intent of the designer was to illustrate "that humans evolved from monkeys."

Naumenko declined to say how many of the boards had been produced, but said they had been distributed across Russia and that only a handful remained in Evrostil's possession.

As tensions between Russia and the United States have intensified in recent months, Obama has come under considerable criticism and personal attack in Russia. Some of that criticism has been explicitly racist.

In August 2014, a laser projection was broadcast on the facade of the U.S. Embassy in Moscow showing Obama eating a banana. On the popular Russian social-media site VKontakte, there is a group called "Monkey Obama" that regularly features racist posts.

When a VKontakte page devoted to life in Kazan posted the story of the racist cutting board, it was quickly decorated with racist comments, including people asking which one was Obama and one that said, "Why should we apologize to monkeys?"

http://www.rferl.org/content/russia-store-apologizes-racist-obama-image/27419476.html


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