There was that old rumor that IKEA doesn’t know how to do business in Russia — you see, they have no experience in bribing. And now IKEA website published a picture of women in colored balaclavas, like that of the imprisoned dissident rockers Pussy Riot, and angered the country’s owners.
The offending picture was entered the contest for a new catalog cover by somebody who goes by “Starovoitova” in Yekaterinburg. After nearly a month online, the picture was replaced with the message “Photo removed. IKEA is a commercial company and acts outside politics and religion. We cannot allow our advertizing to be highjacked for propaganda of any kind.” Oh, I don’t know about that “any kind” bit. I think the good Swedes would allow some political and religious content.
Anyhow, this is what the contest page looks like now:
Good luck to “Starovoitova”.