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Russian police seize painting of Putin in women's underwear

Police in Russia have seized a painting showing President Vladimir Putin and Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev in women's underwear, according to Reuters.

The report said the satirical painting was removed from a gallery show in St Petersburg.

Putin, in the painting, is wearing a pink-and-white slip and Medvedev is wearing a push-up bra and slim panties.

Reuters reported that gallery staff  said authorities also seized other art work, including an image depicting the leader of the Russian Orthodox Church covered in prison tattoos.

The exhibit at the Museum of Power was called "Rulers."

Putin and Medvedev have come under fire in recent months from human rights activists and other world leaders for an anti-gay law that has resulted in the detention of citizens and tourists for promoting LGBT Pride and discussing LGBT issues.

In the United States, many LGBT community leaders have called for a boycott of Russian products and also a boycott of travel to Russia, the site of the 2014 Winter Olympics.

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