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Published: Thursday, April 06, 2017 @ 12:53 PM
MOSCOW — Russia's justice ministry has banned an image of President Vladimir Putin in full makeup that has been frequently used in protests across the country.
The image has been added to the country’s list of banned “extremist” materials for “implying the supposed nonstandard sexual orientation of the president of the Russian Federation,” according to the justice ministry’s citation. As The Guardian pointed out, it was not clear which photo in particular the ministry had banned, as a social media search turns up a variety of images of Putin in drag.
Activists started Photoshopping images of Putin in drag after the government banned "gay propaganda" in 2013, which forbids people from equating heterosexual and homosexual relationships and bans the distribution of gay rights materials.
After the Wednesday ruling, activists took to social media to post images of Putin in drag.
Russia have banned all images that 'hint' Putin is gay... So whatever you do, don't share this. pic.twitter.com/hP87aWvsnE— Tom Knight (@TJ_Knight) April 6, 2017
Russia has just banned Putin in drag pics! You can be put in prison.—LGBT+Proud(@LGBTPlusProud) April 6, 2017
R E T W E E T ! ! ! ! ! ! pic.twitter.com/csmWLVuPk6
Published: Thursday, December 21, 2017 @ 12:21 PM
UNITED NATIONS — The U.N. General Assembly voted in favor Thursday of a resolution that implicitly condemned President Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, despite the president's threats to cut funding to countries that oppose his decision.
BREAKING: UN General Assembly votes 128-9 to declare US recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital `null and void'— The Associated Press (@AP) December 21, 2017
Published: Tuesday, September 26, 2017 @ 3:58 PM
— North Korean officials are reaching out to Republican-linked analysts in an attempt to better understand President Donald Trump, according to a report published Tuesday by The Washington Post.
The effort began before Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jung Un started trading fiery rhetoric in the wake of the Hermit Kingdom’s repeated missile tests, the Post reported.
“Their number one concern is Trump,” a source, who was not identified, told the newspaper. “They can’t figure him out.”
Exclusive: North Korea has approached Republicans for help in trying to figure out Trump https://t.co/1CRIJbm8yx— Washington Post (@washingtonpost) September 26, 2017
The Post reported that at least seven invitations have been extended to Washington-based analysts, including Douglas Paal, an expert on Asia who served on the National Security Council under presidents Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush.
Paal, who is currently vice president for studies at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, told the Post that he declined North Korea’s request to arrange talks between its officials and “American experts with Republican ties.”
“The North Koreans are clearly eager to deliver a message,” Paal said, adding that North Korean officials wanted the meeting to take place in a neutral location, such as Switzerland. “But I think they’re only interested in getting out of the country for a bit.”
Published: Saturday, August 05, 2017 @ 8:40 AM
MOSCOW — Russian president Vladimir Putin took a short vacation to begin August, heading to Tuva in southern Siberia to fish, swim and catch some rays.
In images and footage released by Russian state television, Putin and Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu can be seen enjoying the outdoors, The Associated Press reports. Putin is seen swimming and fishing, including spending two hours hunting a pike while spearfishing.
Most of the images of Putin feature him bare-chested, except for the photos where Putin dons a wetsuit.
Putin on style! Russian president poses on holiday for action shots while diving and fishing without a shirt https://t.co/ETgUctoznh— Daily Mail Online (@MailOnline) August 5, 2017
Putin is known for his love of adventure and the outdoors, and has taken active vacations since becoming Russia's president, The Associated Press reports.
Published: Tuesday, May 30, 2017 @ 1:09 AM