This is Vladimir Putin, president of Russia since 2000, leader of men, tamer of wild beasts. Look at that pathetic animal on which he sits. Its spirit is broken. It bends to Putin's will and to the muscular weight atop it. This is a horse that knows struggle is futile. Should it rear up or kick out against its master it knows it will feel the full force of Russia's security apparatus - the leader of which is Vladimir Putin.
KGB FSB agents are trained to kill a horse with two fingers. Vladimir Putin can kill it with one. This clifftop is very high, as high as Putin's approval ratings.
This is Vladimir Putin, saviour of the Russian economy, protector of the people, owner of a range of natty suits. On this occasion he is promoting Russia's world-leading handgun industry. When Putin came to power, Russia's firearm industry was on its knees, the international consumer looking down on it piteously. Now, positions are reversed. Except Russians feel no pity. Russia is proud. Oil, natural gas, polonium, Russia exports it all. Russia is strong. Others are weak. Vladimir Putin is strong. Opposition is weak.
This is Vladimir Putin, commander in chief of the Russian Armed Forces, crusher of Georgia, liberator of Crimea, saviour of Syria. See how naturally he stands with Russia's patriotic fighting men. See how they respect the natural successor to Peter The Great. Before Putin ruled Russia, her army was falling apart and children would laugh. Now Russia's military might is feared around the world. Russians within the borders of other countries know that their interests will be defended by the leader of their motherland, with tanks and thousands of men in balaclavas and missing insignia if necessary. Putin is strength, Russia is strength. The Bear has Big Balls.
This is Vladimir Putin, explorer of the arctic, conqueror of lands, master of the bear. Observe how Putin stands over his prey. While others loiter around the hind quarters, Putin approaches the jaws of the beast. He pokes its nose with contempt. How dare it wander across his land? Since 2007, the North Pole has been Russian territory. Since 2008, South Ossetia has been his as well. This bear thinks he's big. Putin is bigger. Russia is bigger.
This is Vladimir Putin, husband of his wife, father of his children, a man. He owns a sofa and an array of complementary casualwear . He owns a medium of the range television, which screens programming of a standard that is uniformly satisfactory. He owns four different types of bottled water. He also owns a dog, which he loves. His dog does as he commands and obediently sits next to him. He owns a lady from the census board, who dutifully takes his family details for public record. In all these ways he is very much like the average Russian. He is an everyman; the greatest everyman in Russia.
This is Vladimir Putin, tower of strength, sportsman of courage, Olympian. See how he tosses this man off his feet, pounding him into submission. His love of close manly combat compels him to spread the Olympic spirit across his country. His heroic construction workers toil day and night on the Fisht Olympic Stadium. Hammering, drilling, Fishting. This is no longer just a sunny palm tree-lined beach resort. Putin cares not for speedos in the sea and cocktails by the lounger. Instead he transforms Sochi for a powerful opening display of ballerinas, snowflakes and pink towers. Bow down at his splendour.
This is Vladimir Putin's army. Women of intellect, ladies of resolve, washers of cars. When Vladimir Putin organises a political rally, his personal magnetism attracts perky blondes from all walks of life. He is not some worthless, ageing technocrat, hamstrung by asinine thoughts of rights and laws. No. He attracts the young. Look how happy they are in Putin's Russia. Their outlook is buoyant. Their beliefs firm. They wear sloganed tops in testament to Russia's future. It is a future of openness and transparency.
This is Vladimir Putin, winner of elections, collector of votes, politician. He is an electoral force that cannot be halted. See how his tiny puny subjects plaster his image to this building. He is ten times the size of them. They are nothing. Putin is everything. There is no one else, not on the state-controlled television, not on the state-controlled press, certainly not on this building. See how they desperately cling to his tie. They rely on him to stop themselves from falling to the Moscow streets below. Putin will not fall from the building. He is the building.
This is Vladimir Putin, man of steel, man of rubber, man of Russia. He loves his country. He is its leader. His bike dominates the roads of his nation. He is too fast. His motorcade is too wide to get round. There is no overtaking. There is no corner of his great land the bike cannot reach. Those who don't love his country like him shall be ruthlessly crushed. Whether it is the enemy within or on the outside, Putin will mount his Harley Davidson of patriotism and chase them down.
This is Vladimir Putin. He is watching you. He is forever vigilant for his people. He cares. He cares about what they read in the papers, about what they write on the internet, about whether they congregate in groups of two or more and about what lifestyle choices they promote to Russia's children. He maintains order. This pleases him greatly. See how he almost smiles.
- Any measures taken against the horse would follow a rigorous investigation leading up to a fair trial.
- For as long as his wife serves her usefulness
- You can only see him because he wants you to see him.
|Tsardom:||Ivan IV (1533-1584)|
|Empire:||The Romanovs - Peter I – Catherine II (1762-1796) – Rasputin|
|USSR:||Vladimir I (1917-1924) - Leon Trotsky - Joseph Stalin (1922-1953) Nikita Khrushchev (1953-1964) – Leonid Brezhnev (1964-1982) - Yuri Andropov (1982-1984) – Konstantin Chernenko (1984-1985) - Mikhail Gorbachev (1985-1991)|
|Federation:||Boris Yeltsin (1991-1999) – Vladimir II (1999-∞) – Marionetta Medvedeva (2008-2012)|
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