Artist Responsible For Putin Lingerie Paintings Flees Country For France

B37584AD-49D7-4487-99B0-6F1ABBE42013_w640_r1_s_cx0_cy6_cw0The owners of the Russian gallery that displayed paintings of Russian President Vladimir Putin and Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev in feminine underwear have been arrested under the country’s “gay propaganda” laws, forcing the artist that created them to flee the country “without luggage or money.”

Konstantin Altunin said he received threatening phone calls after his paintings went public, and the fear of arrest drove him through Europe to seek political asylum in France.

“Today, I appealed to the French prefecture in Paris because I have no other [option],” he told RFE/RL in a phone interview. “I would gladly get [local residence and work permits] so that I can be useful to France and to work and pay taxes, but now, I am forced to request political asylum because I fled very quickly.”

Altunin said he, his wife and their 2-year-old son began receiving threatening phone calls shortly after his paintings were seized from the gallery. He says he left his home not intending to flee at first, but a string of police officers that arrived to harass his wife left him no choice.

Altunin called the response to his paintings “very unpleasant and very ugly.” “My wife is in tears and my 2-year-old child keeps asking where daddy is,” he said.

The artist also repealed the censorship of his art in an open letter to Putin published on Russian social network Vkontakte this morning. So, uh, good luck with that.

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  • Kangol

    Russia, keeping it real. Real hom•ophobic!

    Boycott, boycott, boycott this country and its horrible anti-gay government.

  • 1EqualityUSA

    This piece of work will be as recognizable as the Mona Lisa by the time this whole thing blows over. Konstantin Altunin needs financial help. Is there a way to donate to him? Every artist on the planet needs to flood the net with images of Putin in various, compromising positions. The name Putin will be synonymous with man on man sex. Perhaps they can name a dance called, “The Putin.” It must go viral.

  • Vartan X.

    Thank God, I left one of Russia’s former Soviet colonies and never looked back. Russia looks more and more like a dictatorship day after day. The West should not cuddle with Russia anymore. They want a new cold war? Let them have it!

  • hephaestion

    Tchaikovsky is better than Putin. Tchaikovsky also fled to Paris to escape homophobia.

    We need to start a fund to help Altunin.

  • Charli Girl

    Guess putin didn’t see the photo with him sporting a RAINBOW mustache!!! BAHAHAHA doofus!

  • Stache1

    The law shouldn’t even apply to this situation but they’ve broadly opened it up to anyone that dares to even mock this little fascist dictator and his crony government.

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