Russia’s leading man is 61, single, anti-gay and hanging out with a lot of men….?
Vladimir Putin is doing the Sochi rounds these days, firing up the upcoming locations for multiple events for the so-called “Putin’s Games”. He has done some skiing in Sochi on January 1st, as well as playing a friendly game of the hockey match with Pavel Bure and Vyacheslav Fetisov.
Putin has done some PR attempts by recently lifting a ban on demonstrations during the Olympics, citing that “some”, “small” protests will be allowed in “designated areas”. This certainly comes in as “too little” and “too late” for most of the world, who have been furious at the legislation passed last year, specifically targeting gay people.
With two recent suicide bombings in the city of Volgograd, all and any publicity Putin tries to garner on the positive side is tainted with the growing list of negatives. Nearby civil unrest, bombings, environmental concerns, Russia’s anti-gay law and the issue that plagues all hosting cities: the cost of the Olympic Games.
The only small pleasure we can all endure as these photo-ops happen in the leadup to the games is how teeny, tiny other Russian men make Putin seem in comparison. The no-nonsense leader has projected an alpha male reputation for years, photographing himself topless performing “manly” sports such as hunting, horse riding and fishing.