‘The Donetsk Banksy’ Creates Comic Book About Being Kidnapped In Ukraine

Posted by August 31, 2015 Comment



Sergey Zakharov, a Ukranian artist nicknamed ‘The Donetsk Banksy’ who was captured by militants for his artwork is doing exactly what you’d expect after being released.

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He’s creating art about it. And it happens to be a comic book, telling the story of both his kidnapping and and that of other political prisoners in eastern Ukraine.


Last summer he created artwork that mocked the “Donetsk People’s Republic” in July of 2014, with 2D figures of separatists painted like clowns and with distorted faces and placed throughout city streets.


He was then captured and held for seven weeks where, with others, he was tortured.


In the middle of the night the guards would get drunk, seize one of the prisoners and take them to another building, where they would beat them again.

He told Hromadske TV in a recent interview “If I was a writer, I would write a book, but I’m an artist, so it will be a comic book”.

And after releasing sketched pages by way of a preview on Facebook and has received a number of publishing offers.



Look for a finished volume next year,

Hat tip to Global Voices Online.



(Last Updated August 31, 2015 12:56 pm )

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