WorldViews: The 400-year-old tradition that led a British town to burn Vladimir Putin in effigy

By Adam Taylor, November 6, 2014

It was striking to see a huge statue, perhaps 20 feet tall, of Vladimir Putin parading through the streets of an English town on Wednesday. Putin, bare-chested and holding a rifle, is standing atop a wrecked aircraft: a macabre reference to Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, allegedly shot down by Kremlin-backed separatists in Ukraine this summer, killing all 298 people aboard.

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