Protesters plant Ukraine flag on Moscow skyscraper

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Associated Press

Posted on August 20, 2014 at 3:30 AM

MOSCOW (AP) — Protesters have scaled one of Moscow's famed Stalin-era skyscrapers and painted the Soviet star on its spire in the national colors of Ukraine.

They also attached a yellow and blue Ukrainian flag to the top of the 176-meter (580-foot) building early Wednesday.

Russian authorities were not amused by the prank in support of Ukraine, where government troops are battling pro-Russian separatists. Police said they have detained four suspects and charged them with vandalism, a crime punishable with up to three years in prison.

The LifeNews media site posted a video it says shows one of the protesters parachuting off of the building and landing in an inner courtyard.

Russian news agencies, citing police, said the four suspects had climbing equipment with them when they were detained.

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