HAPPY BIRTHDAY VLAD: How Putin's Biggest Fans Have Celebrated His Birthday

putin's birthdayThe animated version of Putin.

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Vladimir Putin is 59-years-old and his supporters have celebrated in style.Festivities began last night when crowds gathered in 15 cities across Russia, reports the BBC. Supporters sang to animated versions of the Russian president that were broadcast on large screens in the city centre. Some, however, have gone even furher.

Al Arabiya reports that a group of young women, dubbed “Putin’s Army” hosted a tasting of the Russian prime minister’s favourite dishes in Moscow’s Red Square. They also said they would rank the sexiest parts of Putin’s body and recorded this suggestive birthday video for him.

Additionally, RT reports that thousands are taking to Twitter to write poetry in honour of the day. Small rhyming pieces, ranging from messages of support, to sarcastic bouts of opposition are currently making the rounds, all ending in with “Thank Putin For This.” 

Putin’s birthday also coincides with the murder of anti-Kremlin journalist Anna Politkovskaya. Her former employer, Novaya Gazeta, an opposition newspaper, said today that under Putin Russia’s future will be one of “constant nausea.”

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