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August 30, 2013
So much for free expression: After painting a series of provocative images dealing with Russia leadership—including this one of Vladimir Putin and Dmitry Medvedev wearing lingerie—Russian artist Konstantin Altunin has been forced to leave the country and seek asylum. Altunin’s paintings were recently seized from the Museum of Power in St. Petersburg. Speaking about his reasons for leaving the country, Altunin said this: “I am an artist, I want to paint, not be a prisoner.” (photo by Olga Maltseva/AFP/Getty Images)
9:02 // 6 months ago
September 12, 2012
February 28, 2012
Creepy Russian political ad of the day: Wherein a scared virgin is relieved to learn from a fortune teller that she’ll lose it, as they say, to former KGB agent and Russian Prime Minsiter Vladimir Putin, who’s running for president this year. Putin already served two terms as Russian president from 2000-2008; he couldn’t run again in 2008 due to term limit laws, so he chilled as Prime Minister for four years while Dmitry Medvedev warmed the seat, and now he’s seeking his old office again. If elected, he could conceivably serve until 2024. Anyway, it’s noteworthy that an ad like this flies in Russia; a similar commercial by, say, Mitt Romney’s campaign in the US probably wouldn’t cut it (imagine Rick Santorum’s response) It’s also noteworthy that there are two more ads with the same pro-“lose your virginity to Vlad Putin” message on the guy’s website. source
9:35 // 2 years ago
December 11, 2011
I do not agree with any slogans or statements made at the rallies. Nevertheless, instructions have been given by me to check all information from polling stations regarding compliance with the legislation on elections.
Russian President Dmitry Medvedev • Ordering an investigation into last week’s parliamentary elections in a Facebook post, one day after wide protests increased the pressure on the Russian government to do something about the issue at hand. Medvedev’s comments led to many negative and downright ugly responses on Facebook, many of them expressing disbelief at his words. source (via • follow)
20:32 // 2 years ago
December 9, 2010
Public and non-governmental organisations should think of how to help him … Maybe, nominate him as a Nobel Prize laureate.
A source inside Dmitry Medvedev’s office • Offering Wikileaks the kind of head-scratching support that instantly suggests “ulterior motive.” While Russia’s at it, perhaps Russia can go in support of Liu Xiaobo at his Nobel Peace Prize ceremony tomorrow, in defiance of China. That’d really be helpful. This is just gibberish. source (via • follow)
9:51 // 3 years ago
December 3, 2010
Thanks Wikileaks! Russian prez Dmitry Medvedev calls U.S. cynical: The Russian president suggests the “telling” leaks from Wikileaks show the “cynicism” of U.S. foreign policy. He suggests they won’t hurt U.S.-Russian relations, though. source
11:13 // 3 years ago
November 30, 2010
November 26, 2010
We will look at the conditions in society, in the economy and at the political situation and will take an agreed decision in the interests of the country.
Russian Prime Minister (and bizarro Obama) Vladimir Putin • On his plans for 2012. Putin, who was term-limited, let his successor Dmitry Medvedev run in his place in 2008, but might want the job back come two years from now. Anything to keep this man famous. We don’t care if he wins. Make sure he remains famous. source (via • follow)
8:34 // 3 years ago