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Jul '09

Imagine putting a Bald Eagle in a strait jacket…

At least the bastard who tortures this bear is kind enough to give him a Diet Coke

At least the bastard who tortures this bear is kind enough to give him a Diet Coke

SUBMITTED BY: Ilya Mirman     LOCATION: St. Petersburg, Russia (2006)

This poor muzzled bear cub sits in the sewer in front of the Winter Palace – residence of the Russian tsars, home of the world-famous Hermitage museum, and used as Russian military headquarters during the Nazi siege of World War II.

Yes, there are unfortunately malnourished bears at backwards-ass tourist spots in America — but at least we aren’t sadistic enough to abuse our own national symbol.

(Photographer Ilya Mirman‘s grandfather worked in the Winter Palace during World War II. He was kind of a big deal, in charge of leading the fortification of Leningrad during the Nazi siege. There is no evidence he ever exploited bears during the defense of the city.)

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