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MOSCOW - The cult of personality spawning around Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin has taken a biblical turn. In the region of Nijni Novgorod, 400 kilometers east of Moscow, the still powerful former president is now being worshipped by a sect that sees him as the reincarnation of the apostle Saint Paul.
In the Bible, Paul was a military chief who persecuted Christians before preaching the gospel. Putin, who worked for the KGB before becoming the righteous Russian president, has had a similar career trajectory, the supporters say. Even inside the Kremlin, Putin is considered a holy figure “sent by God to Russia in these difficult times,” according to Vladislav Surkov, first deputy chief of staff of the president of the Russian Federation. This supposed saint-like status comes as speculation swirls that he will run for a new term as president.
This cult dedicated to Putin has no limits, high or low: food and vodka are branded with his name. In the most attention-grabbling twist of all, a group of female students have created an army of supporters named “Armia Putina,” which now features a video clip of one of the students tearing off her shirt in front of the camera. She calls on every “beautiful and clever” girl to do the same in support of the prime minister.
Indeed, more than half of Russian citizens believe that the concentration of all the power in the country in the hands of the prime minister “is for the good” of Russia. Only 22% think that Putin’s absolute power “does not promise anything good for Russia.” More than half of respondents said that Russia needs a manager – “a strong hand.” www.theotherrussia.org...
Gabit Sabitov, a former deputy prime minister of the Russian republic of Bashkortostan, composed a three-page letter for Mr Putin in which every word began with the letter P. A rough translation of the closing line reads: "All around the planet they will erect monuments to the first president of the planet, Putin."
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“Every international conflict?”
"Every single one, Dude."
“So the crisis in the Middle East could be solved by…”
"Gaza Strip-pers, next!"
"Apart-thighs, what else you got?"
“The Cold War?”
"Mrs. Gorbachev, take down those pants."