Putin meets graffiti artist Jorit to airbrush image among Italian youths

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Political leaders in Italy have criticised a graffiti artist for meeting President ­Putin, who claimed the two countries shared a love of art and freedom.

Ciro Cerullo, 33, known professionally as Jorit, rose to fame in Italy with giant murals on council blocks in Naples. He has courted controversy with his admiration for ­the Russian leader.

He painted a mural last year in the Ukrainian city of Mariupol, which is occupied by Russian troops.

While speaking at a youth conference in Sochi, the Russian resort on the Black Sea, he told Putin: “I want to take a picture with you to show you are human like everybody and the propaganda they spread all over is not true.”

Putin replied: “We have always admired Italian art,

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