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Nov 8, 2023Liked by Yasha Levine

Brilliant! Glad you called Di Caprio out considering he calls himself an environmentalist.

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"Artwashing!" Bravo!

I have the worms, let's compose the rich!

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I love your protest!! Great job! I totally related to the two you trying to finalize your chants as you approach the venue. I've done a number of direct actions and street protests to raise awareness about the climate crisis over the past 4 years and I always feel a complicated mix of exhilaration and complete mortification.

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Love this. Makes me so happy to see and a great reminder that we can all do something. So glad I found you both by googling "Russians" and "podcasts" one fine day. - another Zhenya

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Artwashing !

Thanks for cluing me in . Hopefully , if any real artists have work confined in that dystopian warehouse they’ll run in there & merrily vandalize it themselves to rescue their dignity ( souls ) !

-JJ ( Detroit )

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Great job!

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I could watch Yasha blow off event security all day. The bit where he says *into the megaphone* "nah we're okay," cracked me up

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Well a donation towards art (a bit like any donation to philanthropies fighting disease) is basically apolitical.

Neat protest..I liked the shot of Yasha suddenly dashing off to the bemusement of those security guards!

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Dec 7, 2023·edited Dec 7, 2023

Glad I went back to see what I had missed through November, this was great., especially the shake-and-bake maneuvers. And wtf, is that their bomb-sniffing k9?

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Good luck with the movie and book Yasha. I am taking a long hiatus from Substack/DU/the web etc. to finish up some work of my own that is long overdue. I will be back following your work sometime next year. Happy holidays to you both in advance. It will probably be a hideous year with the elections etc. But you advised me in the one email response you sent me to “embrace the bleakness” so that is it I guess ;-/.

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You guys have balls! I especially love the little basketball takeout shuffle to get around the guards and try to give flyers out

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Nov 9, 2023·edited Nov 9, 2023

Great work. And I'm sure you already know this, hence your use of the term "artwashing", but yeah - museums are like fetish philanthropy for uber rich people, especially those who have made most of their money in a questionable manner or with a history of environmental or labor abuse.

In addition to the pleasure they get from seeing their names engraved on fancy buildings, they get to feel good for allowing the general public to view the masterpieces rather stealing or buying them on the black market and keeping them hidden in their attic studies like mobsters, oligarchs and Nazi war criminals.

I'm not exactly sure of the rules, but I'd be willing to bet a few hundred bucks that almost all of that "charity" money is tax deductible too.

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