Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Vlad's Siberian Vacation

Courtesy of Guardian Online (wish I could say I had taken them myself), these photos of the Russian president on holiday in Siberia (with Prince Albert of Monaco!) are, as Danger Room says, "worth their weight in polonium." The last time I can remember magazine photos of a shirtless head of state, it was a second-term Ronnie Reagan chopping wood on his ranch in the Sunday NY Times Magazine. Somehow, the Gipper didn't have the same aura of a character from a direct-to-DVD Ultimate Fighting Champion actioner... How can you not love the 21st century Zeitgeist?

*Thursday update: Herald Trib reports on Russian media frenzy over these same photos.

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