Astute cultural commentator/legal analyst/Russian president Vladmir Putin has a theory about how former Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi could have avoided those pesky tax fraud charges on which he was convicted last year.

“Berlusconi is being tried for living with women,” he mused during an appearance at the Valdai Discussion Club in Moscow, according to the Russian news service Interfax. “If he were homosexual, no one would lay a finger on him.”

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