I think the attempted irony is forced, bordering on offensive to both homosexual and heterosexual men. Being shirtless and with other men is not “gay”. Nor is holding a puppy or hugging or touching a guys arm. Moreover not all photos of shirtless men are homoerotic. As I said I don’t find anything erotic about these images or anything “gay” about them. My intention is not to in any way defend Putin, and these are certainly strange and even creepy photos, but lets not conflate that with homosexuality.