By Hannah McFadyen
Warwick Rower’s naked charity calendar appears to have been ‘officially banned‘ by Russian Authorities.
The Rowers says that there have been six separate instances of the cheeky calendar being rejected by the Russian customs and that more are expected.
Russia banned “Gay Propaganda” in 2013 and the rowers suspect that this is the reason why their calendar didn’t get through customs.
The website where Warwick Rowers sell their charity merchandise was also bought down by a Russian IP address just days after the rejection of the calendars.
The cyber-attack sought to take down Warwick Rowers website by creating a whopping 7268 visits per second.
The calendar was originally started in 2009 to raise money for the boat club, but it has since become famous for its charitable works in helping to tackle homophobia in sport.
Warwick Rowers founder and LGBT+ rights campaigner Angus Malcolm said: “Putin is promoting precisely the kind of toxic masculinity that Sport Allies and the Warwick Rowers are here to challenge, and homophobia is a core part of it.
“Our Russian LGBT supporters are being subjected to growing hatred and discrimination.
“It shouldn’t be tolerated in any society anywhere in the world, but I fear it is just a foretaste of things to come for many more of us.
“With demagogues like Putin and Trump running two of the world’s biggest powers, we have never needed straight allies like the Warwick Rowers more than we do now.”
Now, the calendar raises a yearly six figure fee for Sport Allies charity and has sent out merchandise to over 80 countries.
In the 8 years that it’s existed it has even gained a bit of a celebrity following, with fans such as Kris Jenner, Kylie Minogue and Sir Ian McKellen.