Friday, October 8, 2010
Sexy students strip for 'manly' president
OCT 8, 2010 | REUTERS | 27 COMMENTS
Jacob Zuma's got a rival for the raunchiest president - Russia's Vladimir Putin has such a fan club that young women sent him sexy photos of themselves
'CALL ME YOUR BIRTHDAY PRESENT': That's one of the messages sent to Putin
What do you say bloggers - Must we make one for our very own JZ?
Some were bearing gifts for Vladimir Putin's 58th birthday - others bared their flesh.
Several female journalism students from a prestigious Russian university posed in slinky lingerie for a calendar filled with warm -- sometimes steamy -- birthday greetings for the prime minister.
Putin has assiduously developed a manly image by posing shirtless on horseback, stalking a tiger through Siberian forests and climbing into jet-plane cockpits.
The cheesecake calendar features a photograph of a woman for every month in 2011, each with a word bubble addressing the president.
"Vladimir Vladimirovich, WE LOVE YOU!" reads the cover, which shows a close-up of a woman's chest above barely concealed cleavage.
"You only get better with the years," third-year Moscow State University journalism student Nastya Klabukova, posing in a black-and-teal bra and panties, says on the September page.
"The fires are out, but I'm still burning," the March model says -- a risque reference to wildfires that killed more than 50 Russians this summer, and which Putin helped fight by dropping water from a plane.
In a retort, other journalism students from the same school posted a calendar with photos depicting them in dark clothing, their mouths taped, with captions asking questions about issues that are the focus of criticism of Putin and his era.
Critics have accused Putin, who was president in 2000-2008 and has hinted he may return to the Kremlin in a 2012 election, of encouraging a personality cult.
Technically subordinate to the successor he steered into the presidency in 2008, Dmitry Medvedev, Putin is widely believed to be the final arbiter of Russia's policy.
Putin and his spokesman could not immediately be reached for comment about the calendar. Its creators said they had not consulted with Putin's office or anyone else in politics before publishing the calendar.
"We wanted to create a colourful project and at the same time make a present for his birthday," said Vladimir Tabak, a co-head of the publishing company that put out the calendar.
Nine of the calendar girls are current students at the department, two are graduates and one is to enroll there soon, Tabak said.
He said all were at least 18 except one 17-year-old who was more fully dressed than the others.
Comments by Sonny
Give us Putin anytime!!
The other guy will never be a national stud!!