In a land mark decision in the Russian Supreme Court, Vladimir Putin's party Unite Russia lost its long running legal battle against its own anti gay propaganda laws.
The Suprme court judge ruled that 'bears', a long standing symbol of the the Russian nation, had now firmly been appropriated by gay subculture as a term denoting a large, hairy, homesexual gentleman. The Supreme Court's ruling now means that continued use of the 'bear image' by Unite Russia and other nationalist organisations could result in criminal prosecutions.
In his closing remarks, the Supreme Court Judge concluded that the bear as a gay symbol is not limited to conteporary slang. "Having looked at bears throughout popular culture, from Yogi and Boo-Boo, Winnie and Piglet or Buloo and Mogli, what emerges is a continued portayal of bears in latent, closeted gay relationships."
During the course of the trial Vladimir Putin was repeatedly found in contempt of court for breach of the same anti gay propanagnda laws, after repeatedly failing to obey the Judge's orders to put his shirt back on