07 April, 2017
A year later, numerous images he shared were added to the government's thousands-strong blacklist of "extremist materials" - with the potentially gay clown listed right above a picture of Putin and Medvedev as Nazi soldiers.
A viral meme appears to have hurt poor Russian President Vladimir Putin's very sensitive feelings.
The depiction of Putin in brightly colored cosmetics began to crop up following the Kremlin's 2013 gay propaganda law, which effectively banned the distribution of materials giving information on LGBTQ rights.
Item 4071 of 4074 on the country's index of extremist materials is a picture of a Putin-like individuals "with eyes and lips made up".
The ministry banned the image because it suggested that Putin suffered from an "alleged nonstandard sexual orientation" (aka is gay). Some show him together with Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, who is also shown wearing makeup.More news: Advertisers flee Bill O'Reilly's show but impact unclear
The pejorative was redacted in the court ruling, but phrasing in the caption is consistent with an Internet meme that uses a slur against gay people. It was banned by the Central District court of Tver, Central Russia in May 2016, along with other images uploaded to the Russian social media platform Vkontakte by defendant Aleksandr Tsvetkov.
For more information, read the full Washington Post article, "It's now illegal in Russian Federation to share an image of Putin as a gay clown". It's thus illegal to share such photos on social media.
It is not clear exactly which image has been banned but it is believed to be one similar to one used on signs during protests against Russia's anti-gay laws, the Guardian reports.
A Kremlin spokesman told Russia's state news service, Tass, that Putin hadn't seen the banned clown picture, adding that he was sure it didn't bother him.