Vladimir Putin, Action Man

September 13th, 2011

YES!!! The best EVER Putin propaganda photo gallery. No really. The. Best.

Via: The Atlantic:

Vladimir Putin, the 58-year-old former president and current prime minister of Russia, has cultivated a distinct public image over the past several years. The politician has piloted firefighting planes, darted whales, driven race cars, and even taken a submersible 1,400 meters (4,600 ft) below the surface of Lake Baikal. Putin was forced to step down from the presidency in 2008 due to a constitutional limit on more than two consecutive terms. However, he remained the most influential figure in Russian politics, and has had a strong hand in the “tandem rule” between himself and current president Dmitri Medvedev. The next presidential election takes place in March of 2012, and indications are that both Medvedev and Putin are planning to run, though neither has officially announced his candidacy yet. Gathered here are some of the more interesting photos taken of Vladimir Putin during his tenure as Russia’s prime minister over the past few years.

5 Responses to “Vladimir Putin, Action Man”

  1. alvinroast Says:

    You weren’t kidding. That was really awesome! He puts all of the bond villians AND James Bond to shame AND cuddles with puppies. That photo essay should be required reading for all polisci and marketing majors.

    I’m guessing they hired the “Miss Moscow” finalist as photographer because they found him more likely to strut and flex his muscles with a pretty woman watching.

  2. Kevin Says:

    I’m guessing they hired the “Miss Moscow” finalist as photographer because they found him more likely to strut and flex his muscles with a pretty woman watching.

    Yes, of course that’s the image that would be portrayed.

    Flashback: Putin recalls kissing boy’s belly

    Russian President Vladimir Putin has said his controversial kissing of a boy on the stomach was just a spontaneous gesture of affection.

    Mr Putin came across Nikita, five, in the Kremlin last week, lifted up his T-shirt and suddenly kissed him.

    “He seemed very independent and serious… I wanted to cuddle him like a kitten and it came out in this gesture. He seemed so nice,” he said.

    The kiss – shown on Russian television – triggered huge public interest.

    “There is nothing behind it”, Mr Putin told the BBC in a live webcast on Thursday, explaining that the encounter on 28 June was quite spontaneous.

  3. williamspd Says:

    LOL. And then…. not so lol.

    Putin the Paedophile. I think that will rank among The Photographs That I Wish I Had Not Seen.

  4. tito Says:

    The pics make me want to be the president of Russia. It looks like a good gig.

  5. Larry Glick Says:

    If you understand customs of various cultures, you will realize that there was nothing sexual or inappropriate about the kiss on the stomach. Yes, in America or Britain it might have been considered inappropriate. In Russian and other cultures, it is a gesture of approval.

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