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Police in Russia's Far East requested Internet provider Alyans-Telekom in Vladivostok on Friday to remove from its site a banner that would allow visitors to shoot at the Kremlin as well as at an animated character similar in appearance to Russian President Dmitry Medvedev.
Regional investigators on Thursday requested the local police check the advertisement "for signs of extremism."
Alyans-Telekom director Andrei Patrikeyev made a public apology for the incident, however said that it was just a creative way of attracting attention to his company.
"I'm very grateful for the heightened attention to our company, but because of the large-scale social outcry I would like to apologize about this and just say that this banner was simply a creative product of our wild PR people. We all know that these creative individuals are not from this world, so to say," Patrikeyev said on the company's website.
Patrikeyev also denied that the character jumping out from behind the Kremlin walls is similar in appearance to the president, saying: "Someone will always find a similarity if it's convenient for him."
The company director also denied that the Kremlin was illustrated on the banner, saying that the design does not have anything in common with the country's capital of Moscow.
"There is no sea or a bridge like that in Moscow and there are no submarines navigating the Moscow River."
VLADIVOSTOK, January 14 (RIA Novosti)
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