'Gay Putin' photo banned as extremist propaganda by Russian state

Russia bans image which suggests Vladimir Putin is gay

The actual image has not been released but it is thought to be similar to this

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Russia's Justice Ministry has banned an image suggesting Vladimir Putin is gay, adding it to a list of so-called extremist material and placing the creator in psychiatric care.

The mocked-up image shows Mr Putin with heavy makeup, red lips and long eyelashes, similar to the one above. The image was published on social media by a user called A V Tsvetkov.

The caption with the photo says “they say there are many of them, but there aren't any among the people I know," according to The Moscow Times.

The image is one of 4,074 such materials to be banned by the Justice Ministry. 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.

The ministry's ban follows a verdict reached last year by the Central Regional Court of Tver, which banned the 'gay Putin' image and several other pictures published on Vkontakte by Tsvetkov.

Another of Tsvetkov's images banned by the court showed Putin and Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev in Nazi uniforms, as well as the head of the Russian Orthodox Church, Patriarch Kirill.

The Justice Ministry has said Tsvetkov should not face any criminal punishment. However he has been ordered to receive mandatory psychiatric attention.