Russian politician: Naked statue on banknote is gay propaganda

100-rouble note features statue of partially-nude Apollo

“You can see clearly that Apollo is naked, you can see his genitalia.”

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Roman Khudyakov, speaking with Reuters Television. A member of parliament for Russia’s nationalist LPDR party, Khudyakov wants Russia’s central bank to remove the image of Greek god Apollo from the 100-rouble note. The image, taken from the statue of Apollo that stands outside the Bolshoi theatre, features a partially disrobed Apollo — his genitals are visible to those who look hard enough. Mr Khudyakov did so, and now wants the image removed to bring it “into line with the law protecting children” — specifically, one which bans “homosexual propaganda.”

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