‘Smoking kills more people than Obama’: Bizarre Moscow campaign trolls US President (PHOTOS)

A placard featuring US President Barack Obama at a public transport stop at the intersection of Sushchyovsky Val and Dvintsev Street in Moscow. © Dmitriy Goodkov
A Russian poster campaign depicting US President Barack Obama dragging on a cigarette is striking the balance of simultaneously trolling the US president and trying to slash the number of people smoking.

Pasted on the side of a Moscow bus station, the image of Obama is accompanied with the words: “Smoking kills more people than Obama, although he kills lots and lots of people.”

It adds: “Don’t smoke, don’t be like Obama.”

The poster was brought to international attention by Russian politician Dmitry Gudkov, who shared a photo of it on his official Facebook page, calling the image “disgusting” and “embarrassing”.

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Posted by Dmitry Gudkov on Tuesday, February 16, 2016

US backed sanctions against Russia means Obama is often the subject of ridicule in Russia, where he is labeled a “shmuck”.

A mocked up satellite image of a Russian airfield in Syria emblazoned with the message: “Obama shmuck” typifies the negative attitude towards the outgoing US President.

A "blame Obama" culture has also seen people in Russia hold the US president responsible for potholes and annoying disruptions like roadworks.

A doctored US presidential campaign photo from eight years ago replacing the word "Hope" with "Killer" was also hung from a building close to the US embassy in Moscow.

One Russian store proclaimed these cheap serviettes were the ‘answer to sanctions’:

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