Police Seize Putin Underwear Picture

    In this photo taken on Thursday, Aug. 15, 2013, a visitor photographs the artwork entitled "Travesty" by Konstantin Altunin at an exhibition at the Muzei Vlasti in St. Petersburg, Russia. Four controversial paintings satirizing Russian politicians were removed from the exhibition on Tuesday, and the artist of the works fled Russia to ask for asylum abroad. (AP Photo/Yelena Palm, Interpress)

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    I see Paris, I see France, I see Vladimir Putin’s underpants. A provocative painting featuring Russia’s president in a tight-fitting slip was removed from a gallery in St. Petersburg on Wednesday after it was deemed illegal. The image, which also depicts Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev in women’s underwear, breaks a law in Russia that bans the spread of “gay propaganda.” The owner of the Russian gallery, Alexander Donskoy, said the police shut down his business without a warrant. “We have been given no formal documents banning us from operating and no receipt confirming our petty cash was seized.”

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