Who’s the Birthday Boy?!

putin-march-2000Today is Vladimir Putin’s birthday.  The man who made every Russianist’s day back in 2014 when he took over Crimea and they got to come in out of the wilderness of teaching Russian area studies or culture and actually be relevant – and have gainful employment for the next couple of decades probably.  The black and white cartoon is from March of 2000, around the time he was elected president for the first time (and we all had such fond hopes).  The featured picture is from today, years after all our hopes have been dashed.

Brown-eyed Girl 7 OCT 2015

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