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March 27, 2012
"Smacked of Hollywood": In the aftermath of President Obama’s awkward hot mic incident yesterday, his chief re-election rival, Mitt Romney, claimed that Russia was America’s “number one geopolitical foe." Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, the man Obama was talking to during yesterday’s gaffe, didn’t take so kindly to that assertion. "It’s 2012, not the mid-1970s, and whatever party he belongs to, he must take the existing realities into account," he said, adding that the presidential field ought to "rely on reason, use their heads… that’s not harmful for a presidential candidate." Of course, should Romney win in 2012, he won’t be even dealing with Medvedev – it’ll be incoming President Vladimir Putin, back in Russia’s top spot after a four-year absence. (Photo by World Economic Forum) source
20:29 // 2 years ago
February 28, 2012
Creepy Russian political ad of the day: Wherein a scared virgin is relieved to learn from a fortune teller that she’ll lose it, as they say, to former KGB agent and Russian Prime Minsiter Vladimir Putin, who’s running for president this year. Putin already served two terms as Russian president from 2000-2008; he couldn’t run again in 2008 due to term limit laws, so he chilled as Prime Minister for four years while Dmitry Medvedev warmed the seat, and now he’s seeking his old office again. If elected, he could conceivably serve until 2024. Anyway, it’s noteworthy that an ad like this flies in Russia; a similar commercial by, say, Mitt Romney’s campaign in the US probably wouldn’t cut it (imagine Rick Santorum’s response) It’s also noteworthy that there are two more ads with the same pro-“lose your virginity to Vlad Putin” message on the guy’s website. source
9:35 // 2 years ago