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Artist Who Painted Putin in Lingerie Seeking Asylum in France

Source: Salon

[font size="5"]R[/font]ussian artist Konstantin Altunin, who made international headlines this week after police seized his painting of Russian President Vladimir Putin and Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev in women’s underwear, is seeking asylum in France.

The 45-year-old fled Russia on Tuesday night after police raided an art gallery in the northwestern city of Saint Petersburg and confiscated various works, including Altunin’s painting depicting Putin in a pink nightie and Medvedev in a bra and knickers. Altunin fears he would be arrested if he returned to Russia.

“Yesterday I went to the prefecture in Paris … and made this request (for asylum). I now need to go through the procedure and bring written confirmation of where I am staying,” Altunin told the Agence France-Presse.

In a separate interview with Bloomberg, Altunin said: “I don’t want to return to Russia. I want to live and work in an atmosphere of freedom.”...

Read more: http://www.salon.com/2013/08/31/artist_who_painted_putin_in_lingerie_seeking_asylum_in_france_partner/

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