An art gallery in St. Petersburg, Russia, has been shut down and several of its paintings seized by authorities – including one depicting Russian President Vladimir Putin in women’s underwear.
The satirical painting shows Putin brushing the hair of Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev who is also in lingerie. Another painting features St Petersburg deputy Vitaly Mironov’s face combined with the LGBT rainbow flag.
The staff at the Museum of Power gallery was reportedly told the paintings – which poked fun at leaders who backed Russia’s anti-gay legislation – had broken unspecified laws, according to Reuters.
The paintings by artist Konstantin Altunin are part of an exhibit titled Leaders.
Gallery owner Alexander Donskoy called the seizure of the paintings and gallery shutdown ‘illegal.’
‘This is an (illegal) seizure,’ he told Reuters. ‘We have been given no formal documents banning us from operating and no receipt confirming our petty cash was seized.’
Russia has an anti-gay propaganda law which bans any public support of homosexuality. The country also has a law against insulting authorities.