Russian Dictatorship Actions Continue: Controversial Art Confiscated

A file picture taken on August 21, 2013, shows a visitor looking at an artwork by Russian artist Konstantin Altunin representing Russia's President Vladimir Putin and Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev in women's lingerie.  AFP PHOTO/OLGA MALTSEVA.

A file picture taken on August 21, 2013, shows a visitor looking at an artwork by Russian artist Konstantin Altunin representing Russia’s President Vladimir Putin and Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev in women’s lingerie. AFP PHOTO/OLGA MALTSEVA.

Looks like we are going backwards in time, not forwards. Beware artists…you may be next!
*shakes head sadly*

Thursday, August 29, 2013 By: Marina Koreneva @artdaily.org
SAINT PETERSBURG (AFP).- Russian police said Wednesday they had raided an exhibition and confiscated a painting that portrayed President Vladimir Putin and Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev lounging together in women’s lingerie.

I’d love to see pics of Putin in drag for real. Would be…well…something.

Police said they confiscated four paintings by artist Konstantin Altunin and closed down the exhibition of his work in Russia’s second city of Saint Petersburg, which is set to host world leaders for the G20 summit next month.

No opinions allowed!

One of the paintings confiscated shows Putin playing with Medvedev’s hair. He is wearing a strappy nightie, while Medvedev has cleavage bursting out of a bra and is wearing skimpy knickers.

Hawt!

“We received information from a citizen that the images in the museum broke the law. Police confiscated four paintings and currently experts are examining them,” said police spokesman Vyacheslav Stepchenko.

Yeah, everyone likes snitches. Not. And wait…there is a LAW against artistic expression?!?! Fuck Russia’s politics.

The exhibition made explicit references to a controversial law recently passed by Putin banning promotion of homosexuality among minors, although police did not specify the legal grounds for its closure.

Ooh yeah. This ‘law.’ Did the images have bolded text promoting minors to cross dress (pretty sure that’s STILL not breaking Russia’s homophobia law) and and ‘turn gay?’ Pretty sure they didn’t. (Also pretty sure you can’t just ‘turn gay,’ but what the fuck do I know?)

The law, which critics says can be used to shut down any gay rights event, has prompted a chorus of international protest and British actor Stephen Fry this month called for Russia to be deprived of the right to host the Winter Olympics in Sochi next year.

This shit is stupid. Leave people alone. Let them live their lives the way they want. Allow art to challenge social standards. It’s what art is for! To read the rest of the story, follow the link below.

More Information: http://artdaily.com/news/64650/Russian-police-seize–Putin-in-women-s-underwear–painting-by-artist-Konstantin-Altunin#.Uh9x-BvXQp8%5B/url%5D
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Art the World! (with Putin in lingerie!)
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