It is actually amazing that this still exists. ‘This’ being the very first graffiti that was sprayed (painted more likely) on a wall in Belgrade. And it does not come as much of a surprise that it’s a political one.
It dates back to 1920 and it says: ‘Vote for Filip Filipovic’. Filip Filipovic was running for mayor of Belgrade and had one of those names that you see on a mock-up of a credit card in a bank commercial. He was a mathematician and a revolutionary, and one of the founding members of the Communist Party of Yugoslavia. And he actually won the elections and became the mayor of Belgrade. Tho this did not last more than a couple of days as he was soon arrested as the king did not accept the outcome of the elections and he was sentenced to two years in prison. Yugoslavia was still a monarchy and communists wouldn’t come to power until a couple more decades passed. After getting out of prison, he ended up in Russia, where he was eventually shot during Stalin’s reign.
The second surprising thing here is that they have put glass over it to protect it and that there is even a plaque explaining what it is! Granted, it’s written in Serbian and now it’s not so easy to read, but we’ll give them a break, as it was installed a very long time ago.