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    This Image of Vladimir Putin Is Now Banned in Russia. Well, Possibly, No One's Quite Sure Which One.

    Which One Is Banned? Russia Won't Say.

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    An image depicting Vladimir Putin “with eyes and lips made up,” suggesting "the president of the Russian Federation" has a "supposed non-standard sexual orientation" is banned now in Russia. It's actually unclear which image as the list of banned "extremist" materials does not actually include a depiction of the image that is banned, but it probably looks something like the photo above.

    Or, this one:

    Or, this one:

    Or, this one:

    Or, this one:

    Or, something.

    Putin has a long history of creating a hostile environment for LGBT people. Under his watch, people perceived to be members of the LGBT community are openly attacked, and unable to protest or reasonably advocate for their rights.

    A ruling banning the image, Radio Free Europe reports, "stemmed from a criminal case against a man named Aleksandr Tsvetkov, who was accused of stoking hate speech by posting the photograph of Putin in makeup on the popular Russian social-networking site Vkontakte."

    "Russian news outlets are having trouble reporting exactly which image of the Internet's many Putin-gay-clown memes is now illegal to share," The Washington Post reports. "Because, you know, it's been banned."

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