Medvedev and Putin don tennis shorts in mystery posters

30th May 2011, Comments 0 comments

The government ordered the removal on Monday of mysterious posters posted round central Moscow showing Russia's ruling tandem posing in matching tennis shorts.

Several posters with the logo of the upmarket department store TsUM were posted close to the store in central Moscow on Monday, an AFP photographer witnessed.

The posters show President Dmitry Medvedev holding a tennis racket, while Prime Minister Vladimir Putin is empty-handed and looking slightly pained. Their pristine outfits have monograms "M" and "P" on the chests.

The posters are stylised as ads for the department store's spring/summer 2011 campaign.

The Russian government ordered Moscow city hall to remove the posters by the end of Monday, Putin's press secretary, Dmitry Peskov, told the Interfax news agency, called the posters "clearly commercial" and "bordering on hooliganism."

A spokeswoman for TsUM said she could not comment but that the store would issue a statement later.

The posters include the address of a website called, and the artist's e-mail.

The artist, who declined to give a name, said in an e-mail to AFP that the posters were "street art."

"I took the two most famous people in our country ... who are completely isolated from the world of fashion and showbusiness," the artist wrote.

© 2011 AFP

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