Skip to comments.Painting of Putin Seized; Artist Flees to France
Posted on 08/28/2013 9:25:23 PM PDT by TexGrill
ST. PETERSBURG Police seized a painting of Russia's president and prime minister in women's underwear from a gallery in St. Petersburg, prompting the artist to flee the country.
The artist, Konstanin Altunin, headed to France to request asylum,Tatyana Titova, the director of the museum that hosted the paintings, told The Associated Press. Police said they had taken the paintings from the Museum of Power gallery late Monday after receiving reports they were illegal.
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 police statement did not specify which law had been violated, but Russia has a law against insulting authorities an offense that carries a maximum one-year prison term.
One painting showed President Vladimir Putin wearing a tight-fitting slip and brushing the hair of Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, who is depicted with breasts and wearing women's underwear and a bra.
St. Petersburg deputy Vitaly Milonov, whose face was combined with the gay rights movement's rainbow flag in one of the paintings, said the images were inappropriate and "of a distinctly pornographic character."
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WOW! Speaking of thin skinned!
Are you refering to Obama?
Bingo, Tex. A nation without a sense of humor, leaders who can’t laugh at themselves, and their “subjects” - are doomed.
I agree one of the few things I miss about the USA is the laughter. But now the world is turning upside down and telling a joke can be a risky business.
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