Kiwi Polemicist

August 7, 2009

• Vladimir Putin goes topless again

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In my earlier post titled Cherie Blair on Vladimir Putin I included a picture of Putin holding a rifle whilst “hunting” and with his shirt off.

Now he’s done another publicity stunt; have a look at these photos from The Independent:

valadimir putin with horse shirtless no shirt topless bare chestedvladimir putin breaking firewood outdoors fire camping

vladimir putin swimming butterfly in river

george_w_bush_on_ranch

George W Bush on his ranch. Note the ear plugs: they're essential equipment for presidents who wish to ignore the voices of Decency, Justice, Truth, Peace, Common Sense, National Sovereignty, and Personal Freedom.

This is clearly a publicity stunt, and I find the idea of a Prime Minister willing to pose without a shirt unsettling, but presumably Putin’s public relations people knows what appeals to Russians.

What elements of these photos are important in a publicity sense?

  • muscles and a body that’s apparently in pretty good condition for a 57 year old
  • military style clothing, conveying strength, power, and force
  • a rustic, rural, bucolic, sylvan, arcadian setting
  • back to basics/the simple life, in the form of horses and fire (presumably Putin is preparing firewood)

These photos probably convey deeper meanings to Russians, but I’m sure that you get the drift. There is a widely held opinion that Russians like strong leaders, and if that is true the warrior-farmer, son-of-the-soil-of-Mother-Russia image conveyed here is right on the money.

There’s also an interesting parallel with one of the traditional publicity stunts of American presidents, i.e. inviting the press to take photos that show the President of the United States of America on his ranch getting his hands dirty with soil instead of the blood of foreigners.

Vladimir Putin is a former KGB officer, and I believe that he is still a thug at heart, just at American presidents are thugs at heart. Publicity stunts may hide the truth, but they will never change it.

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7 Comments »

  1. […] Vladimir Putin goes topless again […]

    Pingback by • Cherie Blair on Vladimir Putin « Kiwi Polemicist — August 7, 2009 @ 1:45 pm

  2. “George W Bush on his ranch. Note the ear plugs: they’re essential equipment for presidents who wish to ignore the voices of Decency, Justice, Truth, Peace, Common Sense, National Sovereignty, and Personal Freedom.”

    Well, with a cable clearly dangling from his ear, it looks more like an earphone and that he’s listening to some voice rather than blocking any voice out.

    Other than that, you are quite right. He’s so stupid that he’s no idea of his culpability in creating and expressing a distorted perception of reality.

    Comment by sHx — August 7, 2009 @ 2:26 pm

    • sHx: I am 99% certain that these are the type of earplugs used to keep out noise and the “cable” is a cord that joins the earplugs. I have seen this type in use. It looks like they’ve been using a chainsaw to cut wood and he’s wearing the earplugs for that reason. What you can see in his ear doesn’t look anything like an earphone for listening with.

      Comment by Kiwi Polemicist — August 7, 2009 @ 6:54 pm

  3. Oh no that’s awful!

    Comment by Madeleine — August 7, 2009 @ 5:35 pm

    • Madeleine: yes, there is a whiff of prostitution in what Putin is doing.

      Comment by Kiwi Polemicist — August 7, 2009 @ 6:57 pm

      • “there is a whiff of prostitution in what Putin is doing” – I not think so…is only PR, PR – God of the politic stage…exist in the whole world a non-conformable trend of leader’s image…

        Comment by gabrielaionita — September 16, 2009 @ 9:37 am

        • gabrielaionita: when PR involves removal of clothing there is, in my humble opinion, at least a whiff of prostitution involved. There are similarities between what Putin does and what a scantily clad prostitute does when she walks down a street.

          Comment by Kiwi Polemicist — September 26, 2009 @ 3:00 pm


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