Russia: Regime bans picture of Putin in makeup

Source: Guardian [UK]

“A picture depicting Vladimir Putin in full makeup has been banned in Russia. The picture is cited on the Russian justice ministry’s list of banned ‘extremist’ materials — a list that is 4,074 entries long. No 4,071 states that the poster, depicting Putin with painted eyes and lips, implies ‘the supposed nonstandard sexual orientation of the president of the Russian Federation.’ … Earlier this week, Putin defended China’s censorship of the internet. He said: ‘Callous quasi-freedom on the internet does not exist anywhere any more.'” (04/06/17)