The painting showed President Vladimir Putin wearing a tight-fitting slip and
brushing the hair of Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, who is wearing knickers
and a bra.
The officers also removed a picture of the head of the Russian Orthodox
Church, his torso covered in tattoos, and two others poking fun at lawmakers
who have backed legislation banning so-called gay propaganda, gallery staff
St Petersburg deputy Vitaly Mironov, whose face was combined with the gay
rights movement’s rainbow flag in one of the paintings, told Reuters the
images were inappropriate and “of a distinctly pornographic character”.
Well, this reaction is at least somewhat more civilized that one would likely get if Mohammed had been painted with a bomb on his head.