Russia Bans Kissing Cops as Well as Bush-Putin-Bin Laden Three-way


Russian cultural minister Alexander Sokolov has banned an image of two policemen locked in a romantic kiss from appearing in an exhibition scheduled to go on display in Paris next week.

The Guardian reports: “Mr Sokolov described the photo as political provocation and said he was pulling it, together with 16 other works, from a show at Paris’s Maison Rouge exhibition hall. The exhibits were all displayed in Russia this year at Moscow’s state-owned Tretyakov gallery. The minister also banned another work by the same irreverent group, Blue Noses, that shows Vladimir Putin, George Bush and Osama bin Laden cavorting on a double bed in their underpants.”

We’ve tracked down those photos as well:


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Said Sokolov: “If this exhibition appears [in Paris] it will bring shame on Russia. In this case, all of us will bear full responsibility. It is inadmissible…to take all this pornography, kissing policemen and erotic pictures to Paris.”

Honestly, are these pictures any more obscene than the shirtless beefcake shots of Putin that appeared in German magazine Spiegel last month? I think not.



  1. Becks07 says

    My goodness, it appears that the Minister and I are in full agreement — for different reasons, of course.

    I would forbid the display of these works because they are complete crap — obvious, prurient and devoid of any meaning deeper than that which sits so cliched upon their surface.

    They are an embarassment to Russian artists of skill and substance.

  2. Jonathon says

    I love the photo of the kissing policemen. It is quite beautiful, and in my opinion very artistic. I love the setting: the white snow and the birch trees surrounding them in their private moment of bliss.

    But the other photos are, in fact, crap. They look like something that a bored, hung-over college freshman might create with Photoshop.

    Keep the policemen and ditch the rest.

  3. Becks07 says

    Vive la difference… :-)

    The policemen are as stiff (in their pose! LOL) and cold as the birches and snow that surround them. There is no eroticism for me in this photo and, because I have seen men kiss before, no innovation either. That is why, for me, the pic is a bust.

  4. anon ( says

    I’m guessing he’s banning the export of the originals to Paris, not ordering their return from Paris. Should he have that power? I don’t think so. For all his efforts, though, here they are for all to see. Stupid man.

  5. says

    The minister also commented that showing “pornography” like the kissing policemen, which is titled “The Age of Charity,” did not jibe with the visit of the Russian Patriarch Aleksy II to France.

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