Radio Free Europe: Cat-themed opposition billboards taken down in Ukraine

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Aug. 16, 2012, 9:22 p.m. | Ukraine abroad — by Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty

Poster located in Dniprodzerzhinsk, saying: "When I found out my grandson voted for "Regions", I changed my will signing the house over to my cat"

DNIPROPETROVSK - With Ukraine's parliamentary elections just over two months away, opposition campaigners in eastern Ukraine say their voices are being muffled -- in one case by taking down political billboards featuring gigantic cats.

In the eastern city of Dniprodzerzhinsk, local council deputy Vitaly Kuprij is crying foul after 15 election billboards he ordered were simultaneously removed from city streets. Kuprij is running for parliament for the opposition Svoboda Party and his billboards had criticized Ukraine's ruling Party of Regions with slogans like "Are you tired of abuses by the authorities?"

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