Russia bans images of Putin linked to 'gay clown' meme

Miranda GreerApr 07, 2017

The depiction of Putin in brightly colored cosmetics began to crop up following the Kremlin's 2013 gay propaganda law, which effectively banned the distribution of materials giving information on LGBTQ rights. Court records say the fact Mr Putin's makeup "hints at the Russian president's allegedly nonstandard sexual orientation" was a major factor in the decision.

In the photograph, Putin has painted eyes, red lips and the caption reads, "They say there are many of them, but there aren't any among the people I know, The Moscow Times reports".

The Kremlin press secretary, Dmitry Peskov, told the state-run news service Tass that Putin was "quite resilient to these vulgarities".

Spreading pictures of Vladimir Putin in drag can now carry a prison sentence in Russian Federation. Those include an article about a theoretical coup, which landed a philosophy professor in detention.

In 2015, authorities began shutting down websites of Putin's critics, and restricting almost all anonymous blogs, The Washington Post reported.

And a former naval captain from Rostov who reposted an antiwar report about Ukraine got a two-year suspended sentence and one year of probation for inciting hatred and animosity. Last month, authorities cracked down on nationwide anti-corruption protests and arrested hundreds of demonstrators.

They included openly racist and anti-immigrant posts, according to Radio Free Europe.

It is now illegal to share this particular caricature in Russian Federation over the internet.

Normally such a relaxed and understanding kind of guy, Vladimir Putin and the Russian government have gone and surprised everyone by banning a meme that depicts his face mocked up in drag.

The gay Putin meme is the 4,071st entry in the list of banned extremist materials.

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