August 27, 2012
The Brussels metro is displaying advertisement paid by the airliner Aeroflot under the heading “Discover Russia”.
At first sight, a nice photo of Moscow.
But on a closer look, we can see trucks carrying ballistic missiles.
Maybe this is more a political message, rather than tourism advertising? Like “with Putin back in the Kremlin, this is the new Russia”?
At least one of the posters is displayed next to the EU institutions at Schuman square.
Frankly, I hope this is a blunder and that the posters will be quickly removed. But let’s see what happens…
Or is it a sophisticated advertisement trick? Now the advertisement has gone viral, and everybody talks about Aeroflot…
P.S. A colleague told me the Schuman poster has been removed. The one at the photo taken yesterday is at Trone, I have no news from it.
P.S. N. 3. A Russian diplomat told me that the missiles are S-400, which is in fact an anti-aircraft weapon, and not ballistic missiles. He assured me that there was no political message in the advertising, only the photo has been taken on Victory Day, 9 May, when traditionally this kind of equipment is exhibited on the Red Square. And he encouraged me not to hesitate to fly Aeroflot next time I will go to Russia 😉Georgi Gotev