Russian Federation bans image depicting Vladimir Putin in drag

Cheryl Sanders
April 9, 2017

A man named Alexander Tsvetkov was charged with incitement of hatred or enmity for sharing several images on VK, the Russian equivalent of Facebook, CNN reported.

A year later, numerous images he shared were added to the government's thousands-strong blacklist of "extremist materials" - with the potentially gay clown listed right above a picture of Putin and Medvedev as Nazi soldiers. VKontakte users are still posting it.

The ban came as a result of a court verdict past year in Tver.

The circulation of the images first came before the courts previous year in Tver, a city northwest of Moscow.

The court also banned another image Tsvetkov uploaded which depicted Putin and Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev in Nazi uniforms. A similar image has been declared "Internet extremism".

Bristling at the thought that their president could either be a circus-loving homosexual or simply in need of some color, Russian Federation has banned an image of Vladimir Putin in heavy makeup.

Neither the Tver court's ruling nor the Justice Ministry designation indicates whether the photograph of Putin or the caption was the determining factor in deeming the image illegal.

Images of Putin, often with rouged cheeks and eye shadow, have been online since 2011 - and have had much wider circulation since 2013 in protest over what became known as Russia's gay propaganda law.

Putin says the legislation, commonly known as the "gay propaganda" law, is aimed at protecting children but does not infringe on LGBT rights.

Many ultranationalists accuse Putin and his government of being too tolerant of minority groups. The image, which has a Warholian edge to it, features Russia's president with neon yellow hair, plenty of powder, feather duster lashes, heavy blue shadow and a deep red lip-the full mug.

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