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Russia bans images depicting Putin as a gay clown

Russia bans images depicting Putin as a gay clown

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.

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. And according to Russian law, sharing extremist materials, now 4,074 entries long, is punishable by up to 5 years in prison. A photo of Putin, Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, and the head of the Russian Orthodox Church (Patriarch Krill) dressed as Nazis was also banned after being deemed inappropriate. Of course, it wasn't banned for being blatantly homophobic but for implying Putin is himself gay, as it "hints at the Russian president's allegedly nonstandard sexual orientation", according to court records. The above image has been widely used during protests against anti-gay laws, but protestors will now have to go without it. The image was published on social media by a user called A V Tsvetkov.

The meme emerged in 2013 after Russian Federation began to crack down on the LGBTQ community and banned sharing "nontraditional sexual relations propaganda" with children. VKontakte users are still posting it.

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Many ultranationalists accuse Putin and his government of being too tolerant of minority groups.

The hilarious photoshopped photograph of Putin in heavy make up, with red lipstick and fake eyelashes, which a man named A. V. Tsvetkov originally uploaded to the Russian social network Vkontakte back in 2014, was deemed extremist.

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