Vladimir Putin, International man of mystery. His poses as an action hero dude have spread across the known world in a flurry of testosterone. Their purpose is to appeal to manly Russian men and manly Russian women and it seems like it works.
These pictures are screaming to the average man – “I AM VLADIMIR I AM RUSSIAN YOU WANT TO BE ME”. I’ve compiled just a handful of his impressive back catalogue here for you today, along with some deets about the man, Putin himself.
He was born in Leningrad in 1952 and graduated in Internation Law from Leningrad State University in 1960.
He’s been president of Russia since 2012, he was also president from 2000 to 2008. Putin was Russian PM in 1999 and 2000 and also from 2008 to 2012. So this is a guy who is woven into the very fabric of this massive land mass.
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Putin is widely credited for overseeing a return to Russian political stability and economic progress. In fact, during the first eight years of his presidency the economy grew year on year. He may well have had a fair bit to do with that, but the soaring oil and gas prices (which are Russia’s biggest exports) must have helped it along.
His opinion poll results have remained pretty steady throughout his rule but he’s always been criticised by his opponents for being non-Democratic. He emphatically denies being a dictator of a “mafia state” but then he would wouldn’t he.