Artist Of Painting Showing Putin In Lingerie Reportedly Flees Russia
Posted 8/29/2013 1:17:00 PM

On Monday, four satirical paintings by artist Konstantin Altunin were removed from the St. Petersburg Museum of Power during a raid by Russian police. The Associated Press reported Wednesday that the artist behind the controversial works fled Russia.

Tatiana Titova, a director at the museum, announced that Altunin left the country in the aftermath of the raid and will reportedly seek asylum in France. His paintings were apparently confiscated due to their mocking depiction of Russian political figures. One of the works featured President Vladimir Putin and Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev in women's lingerie.

According to a description of the raid, posted on the museum's website, "unknown people" closed the museum doors and confiscated artwork, stole museum revenue and destroyed museum property. Museum staff members were terrified that they would be incarcerated. The museum has not reopened since the incident.

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