We're sure there are plenty of ways to get fired when you're working in Russian media, but we wouldn't have speculated that flipping the bird at a sitting U.S. president would do the trick.


But then along came Tatyana Limanova, an award-winning (former) newscaster for Russia's REN TV who offered the rude salute to President Barack Obama during a broadcast that aired earlier this month.


After the video went viral following a report in a the London Daily Telegraph, the station announced that Limanova had been sacked.


Network sources told the Telegraph that Limanova thought she was off camera and just doing voiceover work when she offered the one-finger salute to studio technicians who were teasing her.