ST. PETERSBURG: Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin is such a man; the traditional kind that is strong, virile, brave and fearless. Now his latest stunt is to personally take to the skies in a Be-200 aircraft to personally dump 24 tons of water on his fire-engulfed country. Gotta luv him! His wife must be so proud of her macho, macho man.
Years back, the Putins were rumored to be on the brink of divorce. But they are still together. It was a big thing because the publisher of the newspaper came out a few days after the story ran and basically said he was taking his newspaper out of business, never to be heard from again. Here’s how it was put according to Wikipedia:
In mid-April 2008 the Russian paper Moskovsky Korrespondent stated that [VLADIMIR PUTIN] was engaged to marry Russian gymnast Alina Kabayevain mid-June, after he left office. It sourced the news to a St. Petersburg based planner bidding to conduct the wedding reception. On April 18, 2008 Putin addressed the article in a press conference with Silvio Berlusconi, saying, “There is not a single word of truth” in it.While Putin had been abroad and unavailable for comment, Kabayeva’s spokeswoman had already refused to discuss “this nonsense”.On April 18, Artyom Artyomov, general director of the National Media Company which publishes “Moskovsky Korrespondent”, was quoted by Interfax as saying he has decided to stop financing and publishing the newspaper both because of its “large costs” and “differences with the editorial staff over its concept,”. The newspaper was closed for good on 29 October 2008
Well, so there you have it. Vladimir Putin is a real tough guy; the manliest of all the world leaders right now, that I can think of. Which other world leader would get in an aircraft to go dump water on wild fires? Not one. Don’t know anything about Putin’s policies. But I think he’s hot! And I’m sure the missus, Lyudmila Putina, thinks so too. No wonder she refuses to divorce him. Yum.