The new biography says the sixty-one year old Putin lives a life without sex. It also claims his much talked about affair with Olympic rhythmic gymnast Alina Kabaeva was an invention of his PR advisors who hoped to portray Putin as “macho and (a) sex bomb” in order to conceal the truth as Belkovsky sees it; for Putin “sex and a sex life are alien” and that he is “latently gay.”
What Belkovsky insists is a glimpse of the real Putin and not a PR invention, are all those photos of Putin posing with animals. He says Putin fears people, and would much rather spend his time with four-legged friends.
The Russian government’s new law condemning so-called gay propaganda has now encouraged people to report their LGBT neighbors to local authorities.
And what I really objected to in your coverage on Monday night is you said I called for a boycott of ‘Stoli, which is actually a Latvian vodka.’ Which is Stoli’s argument right now. They’re out there pushing that lie, and if I could read you something really briefly which is, Stolichnaya’s distributor in 2008 to Vanity Fair [said], ‘Stolichnaya as it is sold outside Russia is distilled in Russia and moved from Russia to Latvia where it’s put in bottles. There is nothing added, nothing taken away, no additions, no subtractions from the product that leaves Russia. Stolichnaya is the original authentic genuine Russian vodka brand made with genuine authentic Russia vodka from Russia.’ Period. That’s Stoli talking about Stoli, so it’s a legitimate target of a boycott.
A new report circulating in the Kremlin today prepared by the Foreign Ministry on the planned re-opening of talks with Japan over the disputed Kuril Islands during the next fortnight states that Russian diplomats were “stunned” after being told by their Japanese counterparts that upwards of 40 million of their peoples were in “extreme danger” of life threatening radiation poisoning and could very well likely be faced with forced evacuations away from their countries eastern most located cities… including the world’s largest one, Tokyo.
Remember, this is Putin’s Russia — the same Russia that The Economist called fascist. You might want to take it with a grain of salt
A Russian passenger airliner chartered by one of the country’s best-known hockey teams and carrying numerous veterans of the National Hockey League crashed during take-off near the city of Yaroslavl on Wednesday, killing all but 2 of the 45 people on board.
Lokomotiv’s coach, Brad McCrimmon, a Canadian who played 18 seasons in the N.H.L. between 1979 and 1997, died in the crash, along with Pavol Demitra, the captain of the Slovakian national team who played 16 seasons for the St. Louis Blues, Vancouver Canucks and three other N.H.L. teams. McCrimmon resigned as an assistant coach with the Detroit Red Wings last May to become Lokomotiv’s head coach. It was his first head coaching job in a professional league.
Three members of the Czech national team, Jan Marek, Karel Rachunek and Josef Vasicek were also among the victims. Mr. Marek, a 2003 draft choice of the New York Rangers, led the Russian league in goal scoring in 2008-9, and Mr. Rachunek and Mr. Vasicek spent several seasons in the N.H.L.
Also among the dead were Alexander Karpovstev, an assistant coach who played defense for the Rangers for five seasons, including 1994, when they won the Stanley Cup, and the Swedish goalie Stefan Liv, who tended the nets when Sweden won the Olympic gold medal in 2006.