Not only has the risque painting featuring national leaders in women's underwear been seized by Russian police, but the Associated Press now reports that Konstantin Altunin, the artist behind the “Travesty” painting, has reportedly fled the country:
The director of St. Petersburg's Museum of Power, Tatiana Titova, said Wednesday that Konstantin Altunin left for France and was planning to request asylum there. Authorities removed four of Altunin's satirical depictions of Russian politicians on Monday and shut down the exhibition.
A police statement did not specify which laws may have been violated by the provocative works. A Russian law prohibits insulting state authorities. Another law bans so-called homosexual propaganda aimed at minors.