However, only yesterday this picture of Vladimir Putin in drag with a gay flag in the background has officially been banned in Russian Federation. According to Radio Free Europe, the ministry based its ruling on the criminal case of Aleksandr Tsvetkov, who was accused of sharing hate speech by posting gay Putin memes on Vkontakte, a Russian social networking site.
The picture came to the fore in 2013 when Putin passed a law stopping the teaching of "non-traditional sexual relations" to children.
Russian authorities have banned an image depicting President Vladimir Putin as a gay clown as they think it to be extremist 'content'.
It first appeared up after Russian Federation introduced its controversial "gay propaganda" law in 2013, which banned promotion of prostitution to minors and made it illegal to pass out gay rights materials. The image, which has a Warholian edge to it, features Russia's president with neon yellow hair, plenty of powder, feather duster lashes, heavy blue shadow and a deep red lip-the full mug. Court records say the fact Mr Putin's makeup "hints at the Russian president's allegedly nonstandard sexual orientation" was a major factor in the decision.
Plus, it labeled the photo and 4,073 other images as "extremist" materials.
Kremlin press secretary Dmitry Peskov on Wednesday addressed reports of the Putin picture being added to the banned list, saying that such images don't have an effect on the president.
The Post reported on evidence of a government plan to block online announcement of an antigovernment rally in Moscow last weekend, after arresting hundreds at the last protest. The rep, however, claimed to have not seen the image in question.