Vladimir Putin effigies burned at Lewes Bonfire Night as the ‘new cold war’ starts to heat up.

Two effigies of Vladimir Putin were burned last night in the Lewes Bonfire Night celebrations, as the East Sussex town continued its tradition of sparking no small amount of controversy for another year.

One depiction of the Russian President showed him topless, carrying a rifle and standing on top of the crashed Malaysian Airlines jet MH17, which was shot down over eastern Ukraine earlier this year.

The other effigy showed Mr Putin sat on a tank while wearing a Borat-style mankini. Together they paint a less than flattering picture of the leader, and came as Finland warned Europe was on the brink of a “new kind of cold war”.