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Abramovich’s partner sparks outrage with ‘incredibly racist’ picture

A picture of Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich's partner Dasha Zhukova has caused outrage after she was photographed sitting on a life-like mannequin of a half-naked black woman.

The picture was published on a Russian fashion blog called Buro 24/7 to accompany an interview with Zhukova about her new magazine fashion Garage.

Buro 24/7 published the photograph on their website and Instagram page but quickly removed it after it was roundly attacked on the internet.

Some people found the picture particularly insensitive as it was published on Martin Luther King Day.

A group called 'Organizing for Women's Liberation' were amongst those who complained about Buro 24/7's image, calling it "incredibly racist."

The picture caused outrage on Twitter with views ranging from "sick" to "awful, racist misogyny."

However, the concept of the chair was not dreamed up by the editors of the Russian blog.

It is a variation of a piece of art at the Tate by Allen Jones called 'Chair' which he made with the help of Gems Wax Models Ltd of Notting Hill in 1969.

Allen Jones 'Chair' 1969 © Allen Jones (Tate http://www.tate.org.uk/)

The original chair is very similar to the one Zhukova is sitting on but the mannequin is a white woman.

The 32-year-old Zhukova has two children with Abramovich and often accompanies him at Stamford Bridge for Chelsea matches.

She also dated former world tennis number one Marat Safin but the couple split up in 2005.

Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich (R) with his girlfriend Dasha Zhukova