Racism is rife in Russia, and black football players often face racial abuse involving bananas.
Shown above is the racist photo posted by Russian politician Irina Rodnin.
The US ambassador to Russia, Michael McFaul, wrote on Twitter that Irina Rodnina was guilty of "outrageous behavior, which only brings shame to her parliament and country".
Rodnina, who lived in the US for many years, deleted the photograph but has not apologized and remains unfazed by accusations of racism. Instead, she suggested that the wave of criticism she prompted from liberal journalists and other Russians was a conspiracy.