ST. PETERSBURG, Russia – Vladimir Putin is out on video as a judo master. Russian state-controlled media already have shown the powerful prime minister at the wheel of massive racing truck, shirtless on a fishing excursion, and tracking a tiger through the Siberian forest — just a few of the he-man presentations designed to boost his public image.
On Tuesday, he presented an instructional judo DVD that bears his name and shows him throwing an opponent to the mat.
I’m… kinda speechless. He’d be approaching Kim Jong-Il proportions of hilarious propaganda if I wasn’t somewhat sure he COULD do this.