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Artist who painted Putin in women's lingerie flees Russia

Posted Aug 28, 2013 by Amanda Byas
A portrait of Vladimir Putin and Dmitry Medvedev in women’s undergarments has been seized from an art gallery in St. Petersburg ahead of the G20 summit.
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The Museum of Authority
Russian officials confiscated the satirical painting, which displayed the Russian President affectionately combing the Prime Minister’s hair, on Tuesday, August 27.
Officials also seized paintings making fun of politicians such as Vitaly Milonov and Yelena Mizulina, who established Russia’s anti-gay laws, as well as one of the Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill displaying him with prison skull tattoos. The church leader recently stated that equal marriage was an indicator of the apocalypse.
Officials reported the pictures “violated the existing legislation,” but no more details were given according to Alexander Donskoy, the gallery’s owner.
Milonov, the deputy mayor of St. Petersburg, had protested that the paintings saying they were “of a distinctly pornographic character.” One of the portraits featured his face next to the rainbow flag.
Vitaly Milonov is one of the architects of Russia’s newly enforced anti-gay laws. Milonov stated last month that gay athletes and their supporters at Russia’s 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic Games could potentially face arrest under the legislation.
During a long, offensive spiel against homosexuality on BBC 5 earlier this month, Milonov compared homosexuality to perversion and bestiality. Milonov even accused the BBC 5 broadcaster, Stephen Fry, of being “sick” because of his attempt to take his own life.
Tatiana Titova, the director of St. Petersburg’s Museum of Power, told The Associated Press Wednesday, August 28 that Altunin left for France and was planning to request asylum there.
The police statement did not include which laws have been violated by the provocative works. One Russian law prohibits insulting state authorities; while another recently enforced law bans alleged homosexual propaganda aimed at minors.