A top female Russian news anchor has caused a stir after appearing to offensively show US President Barack Obama her middle finger during a live newscast. In what has become a shocking online sensation, the reporter appears to be making the allegedly offensive gesture while reporting on the Asia Pacific Corporation. Footage of the incident has been widely viewed in both Russia and the United States.
In the footage, Tatyana Limanova can be seen briskly reading through a news brief on how Russian President Dmitry Medvedev had assumed chairmanship of the Asia Pacific Cooperation organization. She is then heard to say that the post "had previously been held by American president Barack Obama" before mechanically saluting the political leader who has done so much to improve US international relations.
The raised middle finger is often interpreted as an offensive gesture and is sometimes referred to as "flipping the bird."
The station's ownership claims that the newsreader believed she was off camera at the time and merely providing a voice-over for a report. They further reported that the gesture was intended for studio technicians only, who had been teasing her and trying to put her off her game. The footage has been viewed thousands and thousands of times. Most viewers concede Tatyana had the upper hand.