Online footage of the incident, which occurred earlier this month during an afternoon news bulletin on the privately held REN TV channel, is being avidly viewed in both Russia and the United States.

In the footage, Tatyana Limanova, an award-winning senior newsreader at the channel, can be seen briskly reading out an item about how Russian President Dmitry Medvedev has just assumed the rotating chairmanship of the Asia Pacific Cooperation organisation.

She is then heard to say that the post “has (previously) been held by Barack Obama” before mechanically and unambiguously raising her left arm and showing the camera her raised middle finger in an offensive gesture that is sometimes known as “flipping the bird.” The scandal comes at a time when US-Russia relations appear to be getting worse after President Obama’s much-heralded attempt to “reset” them. Sources at REN TV said Ms Limanova would not be punished for her slip-up despite the embarrassment it has caused the channel.

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Update: Tatyana Limanova joins the ranks of the unemployed.

  1. Grandpa says:

    It’s obvious she is a Republican practicing to be President.

  2. FRAGaLOT says:

    any newer links to the pulled vid?

  3. jescott418 says:

    You know I just read another piece about how Obama’s biggest fault is he thinks he is always right. He is never able to see someone else’s point of view. I think this hope and change he talked about was replaced by its me or the highway attitude.
    I think Clinton has done nothing for Foreign policy and that’s simply because she is a Woman and especially in the Middle East those leaders think of Woman as second class citizens. You would think Obama with some Muslim blood would at least be thought of different. But I think they just view him as a traitor to the Muslim culture. Russia on the other hand is simply looking to take advantage of the US and it viewed weakness with the World. To be all honest who can blame them? The US is not in a good position to tell anyone what to do.

  4. pedro says:

    The Russians flipping the bird to “hope-n-change”. Funny