Racist Picture of President Obama in Russian Twitter Posted by a Lawmaker

Racist Picture of President Obama and His Wife Michelle in Russian Twitter Posted by a Lawmaker

Another diplomatic scandal threatens to spoil Russian American relations. Russian Parliament member and one of the most successful figure skaters in the world, Irina Rodnina, tweeted a racist picture of President Obama and his wife Michel Obama.

The controversial picture was sent to Irina Rodnina by one of her American friends. President Obama was depicted at a sports event chewing with his mouth full. After some digital manipulations turning a picture into a nasty collage, it looked like he and his wife were fascinated by a banana the author put on the foreground. The Russian parliamentarian immediately twitted the picture not realizing that the whole world would see it in a matter of minutes under her name.

Racist Picture of President Obama in Russian Twitter Posted by a Lawmaker

One day later, on September 14, after the indignant response from the internet community she removed the picture from her Twitter account. However, she justified her action by referring to the freedom of speech so praised in the USA, and thus indirectly confirming that she tweeted the picture.

The Tweet has already caused a reaction from the USA Embassy in Russia. Since the picture was on Twitter, they also twitted back the quote from Thomas Jefferson.

Unlike American diplomats, Russian parliamentarians seem to support their colleagues. Vladimir Gartung, a member of the Russian parliament Ethics committee, responded to the situation saying that Irina Rodnina has the right to tweet anything she likes. Another Ethic committee member, Yan Zelinsky, commented that she did not break any Russian law and therefore has the right to web anything.

Unfortunately, the fact that Irina Rodnina tweeted such a nasty picture is not an accident. While Russian law started prosecuting gays and artists “insulting” the feelings of religious people, Russian society is very tolerant to racist views of any kind. Recently, Yelena Isinbayeva, twice an Olympic champion pole vaulter, made a speech supporting the anti-gay law during her victory press conference on the Worlds Athletics Championship in Moscow. Though she was cheered in Russia by most of the public, she faced outrage from the international sports community and apologized later. She blamed naivete of the English language for the misunderstanding. Irina Rodnina did not apologize, but tried to get rid of the picture.

Irina Rodnina is probably the most famous figure skater in the world. She is three times champion of the Olympics and 10 times World champion. After winning all her titles for the Soviet Union, she lived and worked in the USA from 1990 to 2002 training young figure skaters, but returned to Russia and started her political career.

Racist Picture of President Obama in Russian Twitter Posted by a Lawmaker

Since 2006 she has been a member of Public Chamber of Russia. In 2007 she became a member of the Russian parliament.

Unlike her indisputable sport achievements, her political career is controversial. In 2005 she allegedly signed a letter supporting the sentencing of Michael Khodorkovsky, the Russian oligarch who openly stood up to Vladimir Putin, but later, in 2009, she denied signing the letter. However, she undeniably supported the Russian Parliament law that banned the adoption of Russian orphans by American citizens and was hugely criticized by the opposition and part of the Russian society that previously loved her, but was shocked by her inhuman decision.

The Racist picture of President Obama and his wife Michelle is another blow to her fans in Russia and around the world, but since she is representing the Russian political establishment, it is also a blow to Russian – American relations.

By Alsu Salakhutdinov

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4 Responses to "Racist Picture of President Obama in Russian Twitter Posted by a Lawmaker"

  1. Akmed Hussein Jones V   June 19, 2015 at 3:30 pm

    Don’t You love Marxist Leftist Sites? “Liberty Voice” has a problem with a Russian
    posting a Picture of Obamastein they didn’t approve of first. LMAO

    So tell me comrade has your home value gone up lately? Has it gone up
    higher and higher with Leftist Jew PIg Economic Policies> I know home prices
    have doubled in many leftist areas like DC, Boston, Chicago, LA, and
    Jew York City Manhattan.
    Proud of your Black “Peoples” Mobs & Riots also I bet?
    Proud of 20-30 Million La Raza “Peoples Invaders”? Proud of $ 10 Trillion
    more of “Peoples Debt” also ?
    Proud of the Fascist “People” ISIS Movement in Libya, Syria and Iraq?

    Stock Market gone up also? Trillions on the books of the Fed? “You Peoples”
    should thank the other “Peoples” for the money you have used to engorge
    yourselves eh?


  2. art   February 16, 2014 at 8:59 am

    to kitch ,what are you talking about. she is as white as they come. another delusional obama supporter. let me get this straight. black hair makes you black. man are you “smart”!

  3. Proud American   February 9, 2014 at 5:32 am

    I’d love to buy her a beer and slap her on the back.

    This is nothing more than pseudo-controversy.

  4. Kitch Mitchell   September 21, 2013 at 3:42 pm

    Irina Rodnina is obviously a broad-nosed person of color, only a few shades lighter than Obama, who has colored her naturally jet black hair brown; so, does she also claim a kinship to banana-loving apes?

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