The Advocate
August 29, 2013

A Russian artist who painted images of President Vladmir Putin and Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev embracing and wearing women's undergarments has fled Russia after authorities seized the art and shut down the artist's exhibition at a St. Petersburg museum, reports The Guardian

Fearing further retaliation under the Kremlin's violent crackdown on LGBT people and "propaganda of nontraditional sexual relations," Konstantin Altunin fled Russia and is seeking political asylum in France, according to the museum director who hosted the since-shuttered exhibit at St. Petersburg's Museum of Power.