Great Job, Internet!: This image of Putin is illegal in Russia, so, uh, don’t distribute it
Since 2013, Russia has enforced “internet extremism” laws that forbid the dissemination of online content that the government finds offensive. Newly added to that list is an image that depicts Vladimir Putin as, in the words of the Washington Post, “a potentially gay clown.” As such, the above image is now illegal in Russia to share the above photo. It’s not illegal here, though.
This registry of “extremist materials” features the photo at number 4071, and the Post describes it thusly: “a picture of a Putin-like person ‘with eyes and lips made up,’ captioned with an implicit anti-gay slur, implying ‘the supposed nonstandard sexual orientation of the president of the Russian Federation.’”
Here it is again, should you need a reminder:
Do not distribute it in Russia.
CNN reports that Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said of the photo: “You know how such things might hurt somebody’s feelings, but …