People will ‘kick-off’ over Russian flags flying outside flat, council tenants fear

Steven Neary points out the flags with concerned neighbours Margeret Wragg and Tony Johnson (Picture: Daily Echo/Solent News)

A man flying two Russian flags outside his flat on a Southampton estate told concerned neighbours: ‘Don’t touch that, it’s Putin’s.’

Residents of the over-60s block of flats worry that local young people could see them and ‘kick off’ due to strong public support in the UK for Ukraine.

The Russian presidential flag and the Soviet Union state emblem flags are hanging from the communal walkway right outside the flat.

One resident was worried enough to report them to the police, although it is not illegal to fly Soviet Union or Russian flags in the UK.

Another neighbour, Margaret Wragg, 76, said she ‘couldn’t believe it’ when she saw the flags.

She told the Daily Echo: ‘We are all actually worried. It needs to be sorted before any trouble. There’s going to be trouble.

‘We just want to live our lives in peace, that’s all we want to do at our age.’

She says when she spoke to the man who owns the flats, he told her: ‘Don’t touch that it’s Putin’s.’

Locals are worried that young people in the area will ‘kick-off’ if they see the flags (Picture: Daily Echo/Solent News)

The man, who asked not to be named, said he supports Russian President Vladimir Putin but does not agree with the war in Ukraine.

He said he also likes former Soviet Union leader Mikhail Gorbachev, watches Russia in the Olympic games.

The man says he sympathises with people killed during Russia’s invasion of Ukraine but pointed out that ‘Ukrainians aren’t the only people who have been killed’. has contacted Hampshire Police and Southampton City Council for comment.

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