An unofficial sign that designates the road outside Russia’s embassy to the US as “President Zelensky Way” remains in place, a full day after it was installed in protest to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
The sign is “really meant to be temporal,” said Claude Taylor, the veteran DC-area activist and prankster who installed the “political protest art,” when Washingtonian reached him by phone Monday. “It doesn’t matter if it stays there for a day or a year.”
In 2018, Taylor installed a similar sign on New Hampshire Avenue, Northwest, outside the Saudi Embassy. It designated the road “Khashoggi Way” after a journalist murdered by the Saudi government. The DC government made that name permanent late last year. There’s a long tradition in DC of trolling foreign governments with street-name changes—the Russian embassy currently occupies a stretch of Wisconsin Avenue named Boris Nemtsov Plaza for a critic of Vladimir Putin who was assassinated in 2015.
A Washingtonian reporter who visited the sign Monday afternoon saw a handful of pro-Ukraine protesters outside the embassy as well. Attempts to reach the Russian embassy by phone were unsuccessful.