Anti-gay video backing Putin reforms causes stir

A video backing constitutional reforms that President Vladimir Putin is putting to a national vote next month sparked widespread criticism Tuesday for its anti-gay message.

In the video made by a media group called Patriot linked to US-sanctioned Putin ally Yevgeny Prigozhin, a small boy from a Russian orphanage finds out he is being adopted by a gay couple.

“Here’s your new mum. Don’t be upset,” one of them says while the other pulls out a dress for him to wear.

“What Russia do you choose?” the voiceover says. 

“Decide the future of the country. Vote for the amendments to the constitution.”