Russian cops seize “gay” art depicting Putin & Medvedev in lingerie

Ah, freedom.  Russian authorities have raided a very dangerous art gallery that had a rather-gay exhibit poking fun at Russian leaders Vladimir Putin and Dmitry Medvedev, among others.

Fun is apparently illegal in Putin’s Russia.

The artwork included a painting of Russian president, and former KGB head, Putin in women’s underwear, while brushing the hair of prime minister Medvedev, who was wearing a sexy bra (and looked quite hot, I might add – Putin, less so).

Putin, big bottom that he is, was apparently upset that Medvedev got to wear the bra.

Russian authorities confiscated "gay" artwork showing Russian president Vladimir Putin in drag brushing PM Medvedev's hair. (Photo via BBC video.)

Russian authorities confiscated “gay” artwork showing Russian president Vladimir Putin in drag brushing PM Medvedev’s hair. (Photo via BBC video.)

There were also two paintings making fun of members of parliament who supported Russia’s draconian anti-gay/anti-trans law that the Interior Ministry warns will be used against gay and gay-friendly Olympics, guests and media attending the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.

In addition to a law banning “gay propaganda,” Russia has laws protecting politicians from “insults.”  Which is understandable, since it has to be a thankless job running an authoritarian dictatorship.

Fortunately for the children, the “pornographic” art was removed, and the gallery shut down.  (Targeting art galleries, especially if they’re run by Jews, is kind of a thing in Russia.)

Smells like freedom.


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  • against putins law

  • askanew

    Konstantin Altunin reported to have fled to France to claim asylum after police shut down Moscow exhibition:
    http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/aug/28/putin-pants-art-russia-konstantin-altunin-moscow

  • Luigi Proud DemoCat!

    I guess it would be too much to hope for pictures of all the art works that were seized. Hopefully, someone has photos and will publish them somewhere.

  • Rob Dowdy

    I like to think I would, too, but I have to admit I’m kinda scared I wouldn’t.

  • Rob Dowdy

    Hard to get my head around the fact that that actually might not be hyperbole. I grew up in the 80s with the USSR being the Big Bad, then the Iron Curtain came down and there was this huge sigh of relief, like the uncocking of a very big gun that had been pointed at our heads all our lives. Russia was going to be a democracy now. They were people just like us, seemed to be the understanding back then, and they’d chosen freedom and we were all going to be friends now.

    Guess it didn’t turn out that way after all.

  • Rob Dowdy

    Yes, I often like to go around forbidding the display of every little thing I find personally objectionable. It makes the world such a bright, vibrant place, full of wonder and new ideas, exposing me to a wide variety of thought-provoking stimuli I’d otherwise never have experienced … oh wait, no, that other thing: soul-crushing blandness and homogeneity, the Communist ideal.

  • Anonymous

    I agree. I think the art is highly moral.

  • MyrddinWilt

    Nope, we had that discussion with Godwin since the neo-NAZIs showed up on the net soon after he suggested it.

  • MyrddinWilt

    It would be nice if some folk were to head out with a projector or similar and skypaint the photograph onto the Russian embassy or better buildings across from the embassy so the folk inside can see the effect.

    As far as the photograph goes, I don’t think it goes far enough. How about Putin in a wheelchair, Putin in a straitjacket, Putin as a gimp? Anything that breaks down the false macho image he tries to project and makes him into an object of ridicule by the standards he has set is good.

  • fletcher

    I especially like that the Russian authorities, by cracking down on this painting, gave it far more publicity that it would have received if they ignore it. They could have learned from a similar kerfuffle years ago in Chicago where in a closed exhibition at the University of Chicago an art student submitted a painting called “Mirth and Girth” that depicted then Mayor Harold Washington in women’s underwear. Several of his most hardcore supporters with the media in tow raided this closed exhibition, seized the painting, and announced they were going to cut up and burn it. As a result, the painting appeared in all the papers and all TV news programs, the supporters (who wanted nobody to see the painting) looked foolish, and the previously unknown artist became a local celebrity for about a year. So now in Russia, here we go again! Good job, censors!

  • Butch1

    The “Russian Inquisition” has started. They won’t be able to put out all the fires that start all over the cities in their country. I only wish the people would protest in larger numbers and continue to overwhelm their system to the point that it embarrasses them throughout the Olympics. It is what they deserve. Will this become a crime punishable by death? The world is watching Mr. Putin and this will become a crime against human nature. He has become a pariah already and this would finish him.

  • http://AMERICAblog.com/ John Aravosis

    Yes, the biggest problem the world faces is art.

  • http://AMERICAblog.com/ John Aravosis

    LOL

  • goulo

    I.e. the rest of the world outside Russia is sufficiently moral to not suppress political art which mocks the political demagogues in control of the state?

    Yes, that is good to see. Too bad indeed that Russia is flushing their morals down the toilet by scapegoating artists and gay people.

    Or am I confused, and you’re not posting from Russia?

  • Monoceros Forth

    I would never flush morels down the toilet.

  • JGA

    Good to see the rest of the world still has some morals while we flush ours down the toilet!

  • http://AMERICAblog.com/ John Aravosis

    I hope the artist is still alive.

  • Bj Lincoln

    I hope the artist keeps painting stuff like this. I would.

  • http://AMERICAblog.com/ John Aravosis

    LOL you’re right!

  • Jim

    Dunno, before I read that it was Medvedev, I was wondering why somebody put Stephen Colbert in a painting with Putin.

  • olandp

    Degenerate art. Wonder where we’ve heard that before?

    I ask again, does Godwin’s law count if it isn’t metaphor?

  • Leota2

    The smell and haze of mendacity, intolerance, hate and bullshit in Russia is so thick
    its amazing anyone can leave their homes without a gas mask and high potency meds.

    I guess Putin just refuses to get close to his feminine self.

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