Russia has added a digitally varied image of President Vladimir Putin in heavy makeup to its list of banned radical materials, saying the picture recommends Putin is gay.
The Russian Ministry of Justice last week added the photo to its indicator of radical materials a list that now includes more than 4, 000 imagesthat are illegal to share. The offending image is number 4,071, which the ministry describes a boy resembling the president whose makeup indications at the Russian chairwomen allegedly nonstandard sex orientation.
The Putin in makeup images addition to the list of radical materials stemmed from a court case in May in the towns of Tver. The ruling outlawed a number of images posted on Russian social media platform Vkontakte by defendant A. V. Tsvetkov. Among other now-banned images that Tsvetkov posted were Putin as a Nazi, and overtly racist and anti-Semitic materials.
Tsvetkovs Vkontakte account is no longer accessible .~ ATAGENDThe governments description of the radical image of Putin mentions painted eyelashes and lips, as well as a caption that uses a homophobic slur.
The depiction of Putin in brightly colored cosmetics initiated to crop up following the Kremlins 2013 homosexual propaganda statute, which effectively banned the distribution of materials giving information on LGBTQ rights. Human rights groups and activists widely denounced the discrimination, and protests around the world featured images of Putin in makeup.
Russia has restrictive laws on the depiction of public figures. The Kremlin is sensitive to criticism and protests, and has banned certain opposition news websites and blogs. Last month, authorities cracked downon nationwide anti-corruption protests and arrested hundreds of demonstrators.
Kremlin press secretary Dmitry Peskov on Wednesday addressed reports of the Putin picture being added to the banned list, went on to say that such images dont thus affecting the president.
As a person, he are liable to be stung, but as president he is quite resilient to these vulgarities and has learned to brush them off long ago, Peskov mentioned, according to Russias state-run Tass news agency.
Peskov added that he had not learnt the image in question, but would take a look at it and consult with the Ministry of Justice.