Here You Go: Putie-Pute Putin Pudding Pics
The tabloid Komsomolskaya Pravda on Wednesday published a huge color photo of the bare-chested president under the headline: “Be Like Putin.” Its excuse? A guide showing exactly what exercises were required to build up a torso like the Russian leader’s.
Kremlin watchers have been trying to guess what kind of political message the pictures send, given that the 54-year-old Putin has insisted he plans to step down at the end of his second term next year, as required by the constitution.
One radio talk show host speculated the photos were meant to enhance Putin’s personal appeal to voters — a strong signal that he doesn’t plan to relinquish power. When the commentator, Yevgeniya Albats, went on to suggest the half-naked photo shoot was unbecoming for a Russian leader, female listeners peppered her with e-mails expressing admiration for Putin’s physique.
Hmm, Let’s see…
I’m going with the “he’s going to be around a while” crowd.
August 15, 2007
REPUBLIC OF TUVA. During the trip to Tuva.
(All photos from Presidential website)
Siberian Light has more on the backwoods fishing trip.