A photoshopped picture depicting Vladimir Putin in makeup has been banned in Russia because it “suggests he is gay”.
The Guardian reported the picture of Putin with his “eyes and lips made up” has been added to the Russian justice ministry’s 4,074-strong list of banned “extremist” materials.
Entry 4,071 states that the poster, depicting Putin with “painted eyes and lips”, implies a “supposed non-standard sexual orientation” of the Russian president.
Russian officials wouldn’t confirm exactly which image is banned, and there have been so many altered images of Putin in drag circulated since the country passed its infamous law banning “gay propaganda” in 2013. Some suspect it’s this one, which featured heavily on signs during subsequent protests against the law:
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The Moscow Times reported that the specific photo was first banned by a regional court after it was posted on Russian social network Vkontakte. The man who posted it has been placed in compulsory psychiatric care, the outlet reported.
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told state-run news agency Tass about President Putin’s reaction to the photo: “As a person, he might be stung, but as president he is quite resilient to these vulgarities and has learned to brush them off long ago.”
Russia has just banned Putin in drag pics! You can be put in prison.
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