A man of his slight stature might not get elected president in the U.S., but tough-as-nails Vladimir Putin has lots of credibility with Russians. For one thing, he’s a martial arts black belt. What’s more, he made his career rising through the ranks of the Soviet Union’s most terrifying institution–the KGB. Now that the one-party state has given way to a Russia with various political parties and dubious democratic elections, Putin has insured that the old way lives on by staffing the government bureaucracy with his old KGB friends, now known as the “siloviki”—the security men (from the Russian word SEE-la, meaning strength, force, or power—the only language they understand).
The Russian press (which is mostly controlled by the government, i.e. Putin) issues a constant stream of Putin promo . . . Putin felling a judo opponent, Putin in the forest with his shotgun saving a reporter from a bear attack, Putin deep-sea diving and discovering buried treasure. Do girls love him? Watch here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zk_VszbZa_s