Vladimir Putin’s 2016 calendar: Spend the year with Russia’s president
Famous for his topless horse riding, shirtless fishing and bare-chested shooting, Russian president Vladimir Putin has been celebrated in the Putin 2016 calendar, produced by Russia’s ’Stars and Advice’ magazine.
Fans of Vladimir Putin can now spend "the whole year with the Russian president" as a new 2016 limited edition calendar is released in Russia showing the country’s strongman leader in a variety of carefully-crafted poses.
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Every month features an inspiring photograph of Russia’s popular leader -- either fishing topless, going to church, lifting weights, or dressed in naval uniform. Each image is accompanied by a quotation from the man himself, on topics ranging from his love of dogs, Russian women and fishing to the country’s growing military power.
The twelve shots reveal both the president’s tough and sensitive sides.
Dogs and Putin have "warm feelings" for one another, we learn in November. In March we are told that Russian women are the "most beautiful."
The 2016 Putin calendar was published by a tabloid Russian newspaper, Zvezdi I Soveti (Stars and Advice), which says it printed 200,000 copies.
Unsurprisingly, in a country where Putin’s popularity ratings regularly top 80%, the calendars have been a big hit and are already selling out.