Russia Bans Images Depicting Putin As A Gay Clown

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It is now illegal in Russia to distribute any images that depict President Vladimir Putin wearing makeup and implying he is gay. Such images — or caricatures – have been widely shared online over the past few years known as the Putin gay clown meme.

The Justice Ministry in Moscow has included one of them among a registry of “extremist materials,” along with others such as anti-Semitic and racist pictures and slogans.

The punishment for offenders who distribute, retweet or share the image is 15 days in prison or a fine of 3,000 rubles ($53)

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