"ZAMESTIM" ("We will replace&quot

No one knows who put it here. But something rather odd has appeared in the centre of St Petersburg.

A bizarre art installation made up of one word: “ZAMESTIM” (“We will replace”).

Each letter is the first letter of an international brand that has suspended operations in Russia. Their company logos are featured, too.

Hundreds of international companies have pulled out of Russia in protest at the Kremlin’s offensive in Ukraine.

But the disappearance of global products and services adds to Russia’s growing sense of international isolation.

Those in power in Russia are demanding unflinching support from the Russian people: for the direction in which the Kremlin is taking Russia, away from Europe; for the anti-Western rhetoric emanating from Moscow; and for Russia’s military offensive in Ukraine - no matter what the consequences here at home.