Did this Russian TV news host give Obama the finger?

Dylan Stableford
The Cutline

The host of a Russian television news channel has caused international stir over a video that shows her giving the middle finger to the camera while mentioning President Barack Obama during a newscast.

In the video--which aired earlier this month on REN-TV--the host, Tatyana Limanova, reported that Russian President Dmitry Medvedev had been named chairman of the Asia Pacific Cooperation, a position that "has (previously) been held by Barack Obama." Limanova was then shown looking down and raising her middle finger.

REN would not publicly comment on the incident. But according to a report by London's Telegraph, the unofficial explanation is that Limanova thought she was off-camera giving a voice-over--and that the gesture "was intended for studio technicians who had been trying to put her off her stride."

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