It’s one thing to open a sex museum somewhere like New York City or uber-permissive¬†Iceland. But in Moscow? A stone’s throw from the Kremlin? Now that takes balls. The new Museum of Eroticism, the largest sex museum in Europe,¬†is the brainchild of Alexander Donskoy, the one-time mayor of a small town near Moscow who was sent to prison and barred from politics soon after he decided to run for the presidency back in 2008 (coincidence? he thinks not).
Donskoy could be forgiven, therefore, for playing it a little safe, just to keep those balls of his out of the Russian prison system. Except he doesn’t. One of the pieces of “erotic art” on display features Putin and Obama in a fairy-tale forest, dressed as ancient tribal chiefs and poised on the verge of a sword fight, if you will. Swords fully unsheathed, in case you were wondering. A representative from the Kremlin protection unit asked Donskoy to remove the painting but he refused.