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Many Ukrainians refuse to buy Russian goods and services, but not members of the president’s family, it seems. The 16-year-old son of Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko, Mykhailo, the youngest of the president’s four children, has been seen wearing a Russian-made sweatshirt, with the word “Russia” printed on it, in a photograph posted on his Russian friend Sergey Kiziev’s Instagram account.

The photograph, first spotted and reposted on May 5 by Tabloid, a section of Ukrainian news website Ukrainska Pravda, shows Poroshenko posing with his friends wearing the sweatshirt. Although Poroshenko’s face is obscured, he can be identified by his sneakers, which he can be seen wearing in another photo where his face is clearly visible. Another photograph shows Kiziev wearing the sweatshirt himself.

The “Russia” sweatshirt was later identified as part of the official 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic Games merchandise collection, made by Russian brand Bosco. It sells for 5,550 rubles ($95).

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I won't comment on Poroshenko Jr's prudence and judgment, but - at least - the symbolism of Russia alongside ghouls and skeletons is appropriate.

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