August 28, 2013

Artist who painted Putin in underwear flees Russia

Authorities removed four satirical depictions of Russian politicians on Monday and shut down the exhibition.

The Associated Press

MOSCOW — A museum director says an artist whose paintings depicted Russian President Vladimir Putin and Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev in women's undergarments has fled the country.

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In this photo Aug. 15, 2013, photo, a visitor photographs the artwork entitled "Travesty" by Konstantin Altunin at an exhibition in St. Petersburg, Russia. Four controversial paintings satirizing Russian politicians were removed from the exhibition on Tuesday.

AP

The director of St. Petersburg's Museum of Power, Tatiana Titova, said Wednesday that Konstantin Altunin left for France and was planning to request asylum there. Authorities removed four of Altunin's satirical depictions of Russian politicians on Monday and shut down the exhibition.

A police statement did not specify which laws may have been violated by the provocative works. A Russian law prohibits insulting state authorities. Another law bans so-called homosexual propaganda aimed at minors.

Last year, an exhibit that depicted members of the Pussy Riot punk band as holy icons drew the ire of religious and pro-government activists, who came to protest the exhibition's opening.

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