(Bishkek) Kyrgyz police said on Thursday that they were investigating the Ukrainian flag in honor of Russian President Vladimir Putin, who was leading the attack in Ukraine.
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A netizen posted a video on Twitter on Thursday posing as a mountaineer showing a Ukrainian flag fluttering near a sign identifying the peak at 4446 meters above sea level as “Peak Putin”.
“The vandals brought it and planted it here, we do not know who they are,” the user sarcastically added to the emoticon.
Kyrgyzstan, a poor and mountainous country in Central Asia, is a loyal ally of Russia.
The capital Bishkek police told AFP on Thursday that Putin had contact with two mountaineers who were on their way to the summit on Tuesday evening.
“During their interrogation as witnesses, they explained that they found the flag after they had climbed the summit and filmed it on the telephone,” a police spokesman told AFP, adding that the perpetrators could be fined for “destruction”.
The mountaineer who posted the video wrote on Twitter with his climbing partner that he was questioned by police on Thursday and called on Friday, contacting people responsible for removing the flag. Find out which way to go.
In honor of the Russian president in 2011, during the strengthening of Kyrgyzstan’s relations with Moscow, the previously unnamed peak was renamed ‘Putin’, the year following the revolution from Central Asia in that country.
Russia’s first president Boris Yeltsin also saw a 5,169-meter peak in his honor nine years ago.
Both mountains are part of the Tian Shan Range. Both are located at an altitude of 7134 meters above Lenin, which borders Tajikistan, one of the highest peaks in the region.