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(The Atlantic)   No photograph will ever be able to capture the true awesomeness that is Vladimir Putin, but these come pretty close   (theatlantic.com) divider line
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2011-09-14 7:21:10 AM  
Holy Fark. If the Soviets had done this, they'd still be in power ... he does it so well compared to Kim Il Staypuft in North Korea ... but for all of the action man stuff, he still has the face of a KGB agent, who would crush your knuckles with a set of pliers
 
2011-09-14 7:25:38 AM  
Putin is not a good guy all around, but the sheer amount of crap he does is impressive.

Obviously at least some of it is staged for photo shoots, but how much either is not staged, or doesn't get coverage because he isn't doing it for the camera?
 
2011-09-14 7:29:13 AM  
I want his photographer.
 
2011-09-14 7:31:07 AM  
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2011-09-14 7:39:20 AM  
Looks photoshopped

Pixels

KGB

/It was really Clinton Bush Obama.

//Sarah Hillary Bachmann

//undo the photoshop, show the American.
 
2011-09-14 8:07:28 AM  
Vladimir Putin is the most interesting man in the world?
 
2011-09-14 8:15:20 AM  
I went in expecting a few semi-interesting events, but holy crap that guy is multi-faceted.
 
2011-09-14 8:27:47 AM  
Jesus, even *I* want to have his babies now.
 
2011-09-14 8:52:31 AM  

GAT_00: Vladimir Putin is the most interesting man in the world?



Well, sharks do have a week dedicated to him.
 
2011-09-14 9:05:12 AM  
Okay,
I want to live his life. I could do without the political BS, but the rest of what he does sure looks cool enough.
 
2011-09-14 9:09:38 AM  
VLADYCAKES! :::Swoon::: I'd have his little evil Russian babies. Also, does that man have the best photo ops or what???

/my husband is mildly amused, mildly horrified by my particular celebrity crush
//the evil is part of the attraction
 
2011-09-14 9:09:49 AM  
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2011-09-14 9:09:51 AM  
Vladamir Putin killed James Bond.
 
2011-09-14 9:11:18 AM  
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2011-09-14 9:12:31 AM  
ohh man, it's a good day for republicans/conservatives first they win wiener's seat and now they get some great spank material.
 
2011-09-14 9:12:49 AM  
It looks like the Russians are desperately trying to turn Putin into a Chuck Norris meme.
 
2011-09-14 9:13:18 AM  
I was shocked at the picture of him playing the piano. Didn't see that coming.
 
2011-09-14 9:13:21 AM  

BreezyWheeze: I want his photographer.


This bears repeating.

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2011-09-14 9:13:26 AM  

BreezyWheeze: I want his photographer.


Came here to say this. Plus she takes good pictures.
 
2011-09-14 9:13:57 AM  
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Yana Lapikova, a new personal photographer of Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, taking pictures during an official event in Moscow, on June 16, 2011. The Russian government sought on June 17 to douse a frenzy of Internet comment after it hired Lapikova, an attractive former model and "Miss Moscow" finalist, as personal photographer to Putin.

I'd personally photograph it.
 
2011-09-14 9:14:07 AM  
Putin hunts tigers with Sean Connery? No wonder people are terrified of him.

Also,

Petit_Merdeux: [cdn.theatlantic.com image 640x395]

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I love you.
 
2011-09-14 9:14:40 AM  
He is their John Wayne. We need one here in the US again.
 
2011-09-14 9:14:53 AM  
That's some high quality, old style myth making propaganda, Lou.
 
2011-09-14 9:15:15 AM  

Cybernetic: BreezyWheeze: I want his photographer.

This bears repeating.

[cdn.theatlantic.com image 640x448]


Slives: Okay,
I want to live his life. I could do without the political BS, but the rest of what he does sure looks cool enough.


Agreed.
 
2011-09-14 9:16:01 AM  
Our only recourse is to counteract this Soviet Propaganda fluff piece by electing Michael Weston as our president.

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2011-09-14 9:17:10 AM  
Wow, he looks so cool! I guess these other photos of Putin's achievements would have been a little too Debbie Downer for the article:

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2011-09-14 9:17:50 AM  
Jesus Christ! What DOESN'T this guy do???
 
2011-09-14 9:18:05 AM  

GooberMcFly: Jesus, even *I* want to have his babies now.


I think this link made me pregnant. And I'm a guy!

Also:

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I'd let her overexpose me, ifyaknowwhatImean.
 
2011-09-14 9:18:12 AM  

squidgod2000: [cdn.theatlantic.com image 640x448]
Yana Lapikova, a new personal photographer of Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, taking pictures during an official event in Moscow, on June 16, 2011. The Russian government sought on June 17 to douse a frenzy of Internet comment after it hired Lapikova, an attractive former model and "Miss Moscow" finalist, as personal photographer to Putin.

I'd personally photograph it.


Why do i get the feeling she is not only his photographer? Not that I would do anything different. Sorry, but this guy is badass and I wish someone like him was our President.
 
2011-09-14 9:18:43 AM  
Even Putin's photos are badass and will not accept besmirching his greatness by being involved in anything as lame as a slideshow.
 
2011-09-14 9:19:16 AM  
That's a crapload of pictures of a crapload of activities.
 
2011-09-14 9:19:30 AM  

fireclown: That's some high quality, old style myth making propaganda, Lou.



You know who else was good at myth making photos


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2011-09-14 9:20:12 AM  

squidgod2000: [cdn.theatlantic.com image 640x448]
Yana Lapikova, a new personal photographer of Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, taking pictures during an official event in Moscow, on June 16, 2011. The Russian government sought on June 17 to douse a frenzy of Internet comment after it hired Lapikova, an attractive former model and "Miss Moscow" finalist, as personal photographer to Putin.

I'd personally photograph it.


A former lingerie model, no less
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Yah, I'd kit that with a frying pan that I crushed with my bare hands. Or a snowmibile. Or something.
 
2011-09-14 9:20:20 AM  
I think the only person America has ever had that came close to the cool that Vladimir Putin currently exhibits is Steve McQueen, and he's dead.
 
2011-09-14 9:20:26 AM  
1-8 Meh
9 She's cute
10-19 Yeah, whatever
20 HOLY FARK!!! HE'S DOING THE BUTTERFLY!!!
21-34 Yeah, yeah
 
2011-09-14 9:20:39 AM  
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/Oblig
 
2011-09-14 9:20:54 AM  
I'm not up to speed on the man's politics but I'd like to point out:

The Russians get Putin
We get Bachman, Perry, Obama, Newt, Palin, Paul and a whole mess of wannabes.

I think the Russians won
 
2011-09-14 9:21:23 AM  
Vladimir Putin picks me up in a black Escalade and we speed through Moscow as he regales me with tales of the Cold War. He has recently gone through a break-up and is feeling vulnerable.

We arrive at a palatial mansion on the Baltic Sea. He cooks me dinner...shirtless. He sets out huge plates for the food, but when he is done cooking, all he has are these tiny purple scallops that he has painstakingly plated.

As we eat, the conversation gets kind of awkward. I notice a wedding party on the shore taking pictures and he explains that he allows weddings on his property to offset the cost of the mansion.
 
2011-09-14 9:21:24 AM  
Ladies and Gentlemen.......

The Russian Teddy Roosevelte.
 
2011-09-14 9:21:36 AM  

thelordofcheese: Jesus Christ! What DOESN'T this guy do???


Post his wiener on the internet and cause his party to lose an important seat in a Democratic district?
 
2011-09-14 9:21:36 AM  
NGUH!
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/hot
//damn
 
2011-09-14 9:22:10 AM  
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GIS Putin's photographer.


Link (new window)
 
2011-09-14 9:22:22 AM  
They missed the pics of Putin performing brain surgery on an injured orphan child ... actually it was five children, he did all five surgeries at the same time ... while fighting off a pack of wolves.
 
2011-09-14 9:22:35 AM  
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2011-09-14 9:23:30 AM  
Anyone who thinks Putin image is anything but a carefully managed cult of personaly campaign is an idiot. Looking at the responses on this page will give you a taste of how he manipulates his own country.

/sad.
 
2011-09-14 9:24:15 AM  

Wolfy: Anyone who thinks Putin image is anything but a carefully managed cult of personaly campaign is an idiot. Looking at the responses on this page will give you a taste of how he manipulates his own country.

/sad.


Thank you Mr. Idiot Calling Guy
 
2011-09-14 9:24:49 AM  

Cybernetic: BreezyWheeze: I want his photographer.

This bears repeating.

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2011-09-14 9:24:59 AM  
If America had leaders this strong, we'd still rule the planet.

This link makes me wish I was Russian.
 
2011-09-14 9:25:11 AM  
He's badder than Shaft, Superfly, James Bond and Kung Fu all rolled into one
 
2011-09-14 9:25:14 AM  
Yes, but can he defeat James Bond at "World Domination?"

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