‘Putin in underwear’ artist flees Russia

The work shows Russia's President Vladimir Putin and Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev in women's lingerie. Picture: AFP/Getty

The work shows Russia's President Vladimir Putin and Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev in women's lingerie. Picture: AFP/Getty

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An artist whose paintings depicted Russian president Vladimir Putin and prime minister Dmitry Medvedev in women’s underwear has fled the country.

Tatiana Titova, the director of St Petersburg’s Museum of Power, said yesterday that Konstantin Altunin had 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.

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