Banned picture of Russian President: Suggests Putin is gay

A picture of Russian President Vladimir Putin in makeup with a pride flag in the background enraged the Russian government. The picture has been banned from being used or posted by the Russian Justice Ministry and the Twitter accounts that posted the photograph were quickly shut down. According to the Russian government, the picture suggests that Putin is gay.
The banned picture during LGBTQ protests Photo Credit: Reuters/Channel 2 News

The Russian government banned the publication and distribution of a picture in which Russian President Vladimir Putin is shown wearing heavy makeup. According to reports from the country, the picture was banned as the government claims that it suggests that the president is homosexual. The photograph was placed on a list of more than 4,000 banned pictures by the Russian Justice Ministry, which include pictures of Putin wearing a Nazi uniform and other pictures that are considered anti-Semitic and racist.

In list of illegal photographs, the photograph was described as a “man resembling the president whose makeup hints at the Russian president’s allegedly nonstandard sexual orientation.” The illegal photographs have been determined as extremist propaganda material.

The Twitter accounts that posted the banned picture have been blocked or shut down, but in many cases, similar pictures with writing associated with the LGBTQ community were posted shortly afterwards.

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