Sympathy for the less fortunate.
- Oct 16, 2016
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It's a sign of protest. Some background:
How the rubber ducky became a potent protest symbol (smh.com.au)
In September, Russian corruption fighter and would-be presidential candidate Alexei Navalny published the first episode of his investigation into the palaces and estates used by Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev. A video filmed from a drone showed an expensively renovated 18th century manor, featuring a pond complete with a duck house. Navalny recalled the scandal of Sir Peter Wiggers, the UK legislator who had tried to claim the cost of installing a waterfowl lodge as part of his parliamentary expenses. The Medvedev case, Navalny clamed, was far more outrageous.
Russian social networks picked up the duck house story. Memes placed Medvedev's ducky on the Forbes list of the richest Russians; people expressed their willingness to quack and dive for bugs on the pond for a chance to live in the house. Over time, Medvedev's duck morphed into the floating yellow toy the Serbian leader, Aleksandar Vucic, saw on the Moscow protest signs.