After the invasion of Ukraine began, Russian troops began to designate military equipment with the letters ‘Z’ and ‘V’, and propaganda began to use this symbolism everywhere.
It is impossible to disrupt or destroy the Z-symbols, since this would be a violation of the law, the symbolism has official recognition. The minimum penalty for destroying the Z-symbol is 30,000 rubles ($516).
Russian businessmen decorate illegal buildings or tents set up in violation of the rules with the symbols ‘Z’ and ‘V’. The authorities do not dare to demolish the building with the Z-symbol, since this is a ‘discredit of the Russian Armed Forces’, and the swindlers successfully use this.
Cases of applying Z-symbols to illegal buildings were recorded in Krasnoyarsk and Novosibirsk.