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BrewDog sends Russian gay legislation 'protest beer' to Vladimir Putin

James Watt and case of Hello My Name is Vladimir Image copyright Not specified
Image caption James Watt of BrewDog has sent a case to Russia

A new "protest beer" which is said to mock Russia's laws on gay "propaganda" has been sent to the Kremlin by a Scottish brewery.

Hello My Name is Vladimir has been made by Aberdeenshire-based BrewDog.

The company said half the profits from the sales of the beer would be donated to charities that "represent oppressed minorities around the world".

President Vladimir Putin recently insisted he was not prejudiced against homosexuals.

He defended Russia's controversial legislation, passed in June, prescribing fines for anyone providing information about paedophilia and homosexuality to people under 18.

'Bypass the legislation'

Gay rights campaigners have urged a boycott of the Sochi winter games.

BrewDog co-founder James Watt said: "As Hello My Name is Vladimir is clearly marked 'not for gays' we should bypass the legislation outlawing supposed 'homosexual propaganda'."

The company has sent a case of the beer to President Putin, who is depicted wearing make-up on the bottles.

BrewDog - founded in Fraserburgh and now employing 200 people - is no stranger to controversy.

A controversial beer served in bottles made from stuffed animals and costing £500 each sold out in a few hours in 2010.

The End of History was 55% alcohol, and came in 12 bottles made using dead stoats, squirrels and a hare.

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