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Russian Police Seize Painting of Putin in Women's Lingerie, Shut Down St. Petersburg Gallery

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Russian police have seized a painting from a St. Petersburg gallery that depicts President Vladimir Putin brushing PM Dmitry Medvedev's hair while the two wear women's lingerie, Reuters reports:

The officers also removed a picture of the head of the Russian Orthodox Church, his torso covered in tattoos, and two others poking fun at lawmakers who have backed legislation banning so-called gay propaganda, gallery staff said. The officers also removed a picture of the head of the Russian Orthodox Church, his torso covered in tattoos, and two others poking fun at lawmakers who have backed legislation banning so-called gay propaganda, gallery staff said.

The latter painting featured Vitaly Milonov, co-author of Russia's bill banning gay propaganda, together with a rainbow flag.

Gallery owner Alexander Donskoy called it an "illegal seizure". It's not clear whether the reason behind the seizure was because of Russia's law banning insult of authorities or its ban on gay propaganda.

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  1. In Mother Russia bans ban each other.

    Posted by: Jay | Aug 27, 2013 3:19:40 PM


  2. Have they started burning books yet? Can't be far behind.

    Posted by: hugo | Aug 27, 2013 3:32:33 PM


  3. Reuters must have Alzheimers.

    Posted by: tinkerbelle | Aug 27, 2013 3:43:30 PM


  4. Kudos to both artist & gallery owner for showing tremendous bravery!

    Posted by: Leroy Laflamme | Aug 27, 2013 3:46:20 PM


  5. Has anyone seen V for Vendetta? This reminds me of the scene where she sees the "God Save the Queen" portrait with the dictator dressed as the Queen, which was seized from a gallery by the government. Russia is turning into the police state seen in V for Vendetta.

    Posted by: reality | Aug 27, 2013 3:48:12 PM


  6. Hitler is smiling on Russia

    Posted by: Sean | Aug 27, 2013 3:51:50 PM


  7. 1: Putin complained since he looks slimmer in a longline panty girdle than a slip.
    2: rats attack when cornered

    Posted by: showdown | Aug 27, 2013 3:55:18 PM


  8. 1: Putin complained since he looks slimmer in a longline panty girdle than a slip.
    2: rats attack when cornered

    Posted by: showdown | Aug 27, 2013 3:55:18 PM


  9. Where and when can I get a poster? Must be very insulting and worth duplicating!!

    Posted by: Joseph | Aug 27, 2013 4:01:08 PM


  10. when does the book burning begin>

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nazi_book_burnings

    Posted by: Moz's | Aug 27, 2013 4:14:56 PM


  11. I have no doubt the intellectual citizens of Russia think of the government as fools, as shown in the statement made here. They just aren't allowed to say what they think due to the fines imposed on speaking against the regime.

    Posted by: Hey Darlin' | Aug 27, 2013 4:24:33 PM


  12. @ Joseph
    That is a great idea, anyone know how to get in touch with someone who can get these as posters, they would sell like hotcakes! The money could go to something useful, hell i don't care about the money just so Putin knows that that becomes the most shared picture in the world would be great!

    Posted by: Randyowen | Aug 27, 2013 4:25:33 PM


  13. not much sense o' humor dem guys, does dey?

    Posted by: Daniel Berry, NYC | Aug 27, 2013 4:33:05 PM


  14. We should be doing this here. I have already seen the piss on putin shirts but we need to make all the people who support the bill in government, well known names of mockery. They should think that everyone in america thinks they are gay.

    Posted by: Fenrox | Aug 27, 2013 4:35:11 PM


  15. It's Russia.

    Imposing outside values on a culture and society that isn't yours, and that you don't understand is ridiculous.

    But America needs to be the World Police, because that's what fuels our Corporate Controlled Military-Industrial Complex.

    And most of you are just tools for it.

    Posted by: Meah | Aug 27, 2013 4:58:55 PM


  16. What is there to "understand," Meah?

    Posted by: Mikey | Aug 27, 2013 5:30:22 PM


  17. Dont these fools realise the best way to publicise something, anything, is to ban it, seize it for being "disrepectful of authority" or against "public morality".
    The fact it has been shown to irk them, shows their fragility, and weakness
    They have just ensured world wide distribution.

    Posted by: renovato | Aug 27, 2013 6:18:08 PM


  18. Those paintings went straight to Putin's secret little room.

    Posted by: Sammy | Aug 27, 2013 6:46:19 PM


  19. Why do Liberals love these transphobic tactics so much? To show your opposition to a bigot or dictator, just ridicule him with a feminine portrayal . . . depict him in feminine swimwear or lingerie. Internalized heterosexism rears its smirking head yet again!

    Posted by: Stuffed Animal | Aug 27, 2013 6:55:23 PM


  20. @Meah, it's Russian police seizing work from a Russian gallery. Their culture, their values, their police. And proof that for at least some, their values are our values.

    Posted by: JJ | Aug 27, 2013 7:08:06 PM


  21. Because, @Stuffed Animal, we don't see it as demeaning to be depicted as gender nonconformant, but we know that people like Putin do. It's a way to turn their own homophobia against them. If you think that painting says it's bad to be feminine, then you're not seeing what I'm seeing. What I see is, "Wouldn't this homophobe find this innocuous little twist threatening? And isn't *that* amusing?"

    Posted by: JJ | Aug 27, 2013 7:17:23 PM


  22. Meah, millions of russians are living here in the USA, esp on the east and west coasts. And they barely speak english and prefer speaking russian all the time. And their values are bad values we don't need in America. And we don't need russian terrorists. Please stop shoving your russian values down our throats. Thank you.

    Posted by: Kev C | Aug 28, 2013 1:56:17 AM


  23. The dead giveaway that Putin is trying to bring back his precious Soviet-style iron fist: being able to be arrested merely for speaking your opinion about the people in power. Russia is in dangerous , dangerous times.

    Posted by: Nelson | Aug 28, 2013 5:56:00 AM


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