Russian Police Shut Down Art Gallery After They Show Painting of Putin In Women’s Underwear

225px-Vladimir_Putin_official_portraitRussian police have shutdown an art gallery in the latest attack on free speech under President Vladimir Putin. The police declared a painting to be illegal and pornographic because it depicted Russia’s President Vladimir Putin and Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev in women’s underwear and another of the head of the Russian Orthodox Church covered in tattoos. The paintings were seized from the Museum of Power. Last year, we saw how a protester was arrested for spitting on the image of Putin during a demonstration. It appears that after years of cultivating a cult of personality with action-hero photo ops and staged acts, Putin is not about to let a bunch of artists mock his well constructed image.

Museum of Power’s Alexander Donskoy told the press that the paintings were seized and no explanation given. The Russians appear to have a pretty low definition of pornography. The painting shows Putin in a slip dress combing the hair of Medvedev who is wearing a bra. One would have to have a pretty bizarre fetish to find these paintings as appealing to prurient interests. It appears that bare-chested images of Putin released from the wild by his propagandists are just good ole hero worship but a parody of him is strictly pornographic.

Of course, in the United States, pornography was defined in Miller v. California as not only depicting a patently offensive scene of sexual conduct or excretory functions but also lacking “taken as a whole, lacks serious literary, artistic, political, or scientific value.” The painting of Putin is actually quite good and contains both artistic and political value. Indeed, the response of Putin’s police shows the political content is not only self-evident but powerfully displayed.

28 thoughts on “Russian Police Shut Down Art Gallery After They Show Painting of Putin In Women’s Underwear

  1. @pete:

    LOL! That made me think of an Irish Poem:

    Razz Putin???

    That Czars were mean, there’s no disputin’,
    And crossing them ended in shootin’!
    A century later,
    A brand new dictator
    Is adamant, “Don’t Harass Putin!!!”

    Squeeky Fromm
    Girl Reporter

  2. smh putin is afraid someone will discover that he is gay.. and Medvedev really is his lover. skull and bones to the rescue

  3. IS the painting of Putin “quite good”? I may be art-impaired (well, I should really delete the “may” from this statement), but I don’t think it even looks like Putin. Regardless of the artistic merits of the rest of the piece (which I admit to being completely unqualified to judge), isn’t it generally a good idea for a painting of someone to contain an image that actually resembles the subject?

  4. @porkchop:

    I’m with you! I had to look at the painting several times, on different sites to be sure that it was Putin. I guess the Ruskies just aren’t as good at this kind of stuff as Americans, like Dan Lacey, The Pancake King!

    Squeeky Fromm
    Girl Reporter

  5. I think the U.S. should offer asylum to the artist who painted them.
    That’ll show them Ruskies what it feels like.

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