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Nature Lover Vladimir Putin Flies With the Cranes

Unknown Lamer posted about a year and a half ago | from the sarah-palin-vs-putin-rearing-his-ugly-wings dept.

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Hugh Pickens writes "Russian President Vladimir Putin is a nature lover. In 2007, the bare-chested president rode a horse through Siberia. In 2008, he fired a tranquilizer gun at a rare Siberian tiger. In 2010, he used a crossbow to shoot darts at an enormous whale in a fog-shrouded bay to collect tissue samples. Now Der Spiegel reports that on his way east to the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit, Putin stopped at the Arctic Circle to fulfill a mission for which the Kremlin says he prepared assiduously for a year and a half: helping to save an endangered species of crane. In a meadow some 2,000 kilometers northeast of Moscow, Putin donned a white jumpsuit and black aviator goggles before swinging himself into the seat of an ultralight aircraft and as loudspeakers played the recorded call of a mother crane, Putin lifted off and a group of orphaned white Siberian cranes followed, allowing the aircraft to lead them south toward their winter habitat. On the first attempt, only one of the young cranes followed him up, which Putin said was because a high tail wind had caused the hang glider to accelerate too fast. On the second attempt, five birds followed Putin, but only two stuck with him for the full 15-minute flight. Putin's flight, given many minutes of airtime on Russian television, provoked an array of contemptuous jokes on the Internet, one of the most popular being: 'So Putin is off to wintering with cranes. Does this mean he's not going to be back before spring?' The Russian president, however, hit back at critics telling reporters at the conclusion of APEC summit that, 'It's true that not all flew right away, but the ones that didn't fly were the weak cranes' apparently alluding to the errant ways of those involved in protests that have hit Russia over the last year."

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Good ol' Putin (5, Insightful)

DNS-and-BIND (461968) | about a year and a half ago | (#41296955)

If anyone wanted to know what a country would look like if a Bond villain actually won, look no farther than Russia.

Re:Good ol' Putin (1)

Yomers (863527) | about a year and a half ago | (#41296973)

Dr Evil... Cranes... Nope, he would be rather swimming with sharks than.

Re:Good ol' Putin (1)

flyneye (84093) | about a year and a half ago | (#41297735)

From an Animal Farm perspective, he would fly with pigs.
Two wings good, four legs bad....

Re:Good ol' Putin (4, Funny)

93 Escort Wagon (326346) | about a year and a half ago | (#41297027)

Except if Putin were a Bond villian, it would turn out he'd implanted high explosives into the orphaned cranes and was using this "rescue mission" as a cover for attacking Buckingham Palace and the Pentagon with explosive cranes.

Wait - you don't suppose...?

Re:Good ol' Putin (5, Informative)

flyingsquid (813711) | about a year and a half ago | (#41297037)

Wonderful. Thank you, Slashdot, for posting an article glorifying this human piece of garbage. I suppose this is supposed to make us forget that Putin has jailed his critics, restricted the press, and rigged the electoral system to guarantee his victory? The man is nothing more than a bully, and these antics just show what a small, pathetic person he really is. The outlandish antics- tiger hunting, shooting whales, bare-chested horseback riding... he's doing it for the same reason as the guy who buys the really expensive, shiny, loud red pickup. He's compensating for deep insecurities. In his heart, he's nothing but a coward. If he weren't, he wouldn't have to spend all his time desperately trying to prove that he's such a badass. A real leader wouldn't spend all his time glorifying himself. And a real man wouldn't be so terrified by a bunch of girls in a punk band that he'd have to send them to prison for standing up to him.

Re:Good ol' Putin (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#41297131)

Vladamir Putin is a chinless little bitch. The US government needs to send out a black ops team to assassinate that fucker.

Re:Good ol' Putin (1)

OrangeTide (124937) | about a year and a half ago | (#41297193)

Frankly, he's not our problem. He's Russia and possibly the EU's problem.

Re:Good ol' Putin (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#41297495)

You're right, but he could eventually become a problem if he continues down his path of oppression. Remember, Hitler wasn't an immediate problem for the USA either.

Re:Good ol' Putin (0, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#41297927)

Morons like you are utterly unhinged.

Look around and who has been killing, oppressing, invading, and corrupting around the world. Hint: Russia does not rate very highly compared with some.

Re:Good ol' Putin (5, Interesting)

Hazel Bergeron (2015538) | about a year and a half ago | (#41297139)

If he weren't, he wouldn't have to spend all his time desperately trying to prove that he's such a badass.

Nonsense. The guy is powerful beyond anyone's wildest dreams and is doing stuff that a) he enjoys; b) appeals as propaganda to the macho sort still prevalent in Russian.

Russia has become precisely what the left expected Reagan+Thatcher wanted in toppling the USSR: a corrupt, undemocratic kleptocracy with few new freedoms but no social cohesion or state protections, where middlemen and government have their hands constantly down each other's pants, jacking each other off while they kick the common man. It is the neocon dream realised.

Anyone who thinks that life wasn't better in Russia in the 1970s either 1) was not living there; 2) is one of the very few beneficiaries of business. (Hint: if you're a geek programmer living in Moscow, you're in category #2.) But the Soviet Russia will forever be remembered as it was in the late 1980s, which would be like judging capitalism only from the Great Depression, late 2008, the imperialist drive for profit, the Southern State free market definition of "person", Halliburton, &c., instead of all the good things it has achieved.

Re:Good ol' Putin (4, Insightful)

Viol8 (599362) | about a year and a half ago | (#41297311)

My wife comes from Ukraine. It might not be great now was NOT better in the 1970s. I don't know where you get your facts from but I'd find a new source other than Marxism Today if I were you.

Re:Good ol' Putin (-1)

Hazel Bergeron (2015538) | about a year and a half ago | (#41297429)

Since you are unaware that the Ukraine is not part of Russia, even though your wife "comes from" (does not live?) there, I am not sure how to approach your post.

Re:Good ol' Putin (0)

ZosX (517789) | about a year and a half ago | (#41297671)

The poster was referring to ukraine under russian soviet control and said his wife thought it was better in the 70s under communist rule. Maybe you should go read up on your history before you make pointless posts? :P

Re:Good ol' Putin (4, Insightful)

Viol8 (599362) | about a year and a half ago | (#41297835)

"said his wife thought it was better in the 70s under communist rule"

Other way around. Her opinion is it was a lot worse then bar a few things here and there. She still remembers food and fuel queues and of having to be very careful what you said in public. The only people who pine for those days are deluded western communists who can spout their rubbish thanks to the free society that was never enjoyed by the citizens of the USSR.

Isn't it odd how these self style "intellectual" lefties loved the idea of communism except when applied to themselves since hardly any actually went to live in the USSR (and even the ones who did usually did only to escape being tried for treason , eg philby & co). You'd think if it was such a workers paradise they'd have been on the first plane to Moscow as soon as they were out of short trousers.

Re:Good ol' Putin (2)

ZosX (517789) | about a year and a half ago | (#41297885)

I have a friend that lived in unkraine under the soviets and actually thought it was better. Of course he's totally insane, so there is that too.

Re:Good ol' Putin (2)

Viol8 (599362) | about a year and a half ago | (#41297723)

Are you completely braindead as well as brainwashed? I assume you've heard of the soviet union? Jeez...

Re:Good ol' Putin (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#41297855)

I wasn't alive at the time, but it's always seemed to me that most of the success that Russia had during the 60s/70s came largely from draining the resources of the ex-Soviet bloc countries (Ukraine etc) at their expense.

Unlikely as it seems (3, Interesting)

Kupfernigk (1190345) | about a year and a half ago | (#41297729)

Just before I joined the R&D department of one UK company in the early 1980s, one of the engineers left to go and live in the Soviet Union. The Thatcher recession had just started (a recession deliberately started by her government to justify a reduction in worker rights), the future of British industry looked bleak, and while installing equipment for the company at a Russian research institute he was offered a job. He also fell in love with his translator, to be fair. But the conditions of life for a research engineer obviously looked more attractive than prospects in the UK at the time. Before anyone asks, during his original stint there (several months) he was living in a standard engineer's apartment in a housing block, under their normal conditions, and was actually paid by the USSR government. So he knew exactly what he was going into.

That things have changed dramatically since, for a variety of reasons, shouldn't negate the fact that there were good parts of the Soviet Union, and under some conditions socialism worked quite well. It is equally possible, and equally misleading, to create a dystopic version of both the USA and the UK simply by focussing on the rust belt, inner cities, areas of house price collapse and places with a large incidence of extremists of one persuasion or another.

The point about Putin for the average Russian is that Eltsine let his mates steal virtually the entire wealth of the country, and Putin has got a significant amount of it back. He has doubtless enriched himself in the process, but at least he has prevented the "last one out turn off the lights, if no-one has stolen them" end game of his predecessor.

Re:Unlikely as it seems (3, Informative)

Viol8 (599362) | about a year and a half ago | (#41297785)

"(a recession deliberately started by her government to justify a reduction in worker rights),"

What utter cobblers. The recession was a result of the previous labour govns spend spend spend policy (sound familiar?) combined with bloody minded unions who went on strike or work to rule over their "rights" at the drop of a hat and made UK industry even more uncompetetive than the lazy morons had managed even up until that point. You're obviously old enough to remember the power cuts in the 70s as I am due to endless miners strikes which - thanks to Thatcher - finally ended as she switched britain over to a lot more gas generation so the country could no longer be held hostage by a bunch of inbred ditch diggers.

"the future of British industry looked bleak,"

Mainly thanks to the unions. But lets not let reality get in the way of your left wing blinkered nonsense.

Re:Good ol' Putin (1)

janek78 (861508) | about a year and a half ago | (#41297161)

Wait. These articles are able to glorify Putin in anyone's eyes? I thought by now every new piece about how he saved a puppy from a burning house serves only to further ridicule him and make fun of him. He tries so hard that it became a kind of comedy performance. With a lot of these articles, couple years ago, you could mistake them from something from Onion.com. He became a caricature of himself, an iron-fisted evil dictator who's trying so hard people laugh at him.

Re:Good ol' Putin (1)

TapeCutter (624760) | about a year and a half ago | (#41297381)

He became a caricature of himself, an iron-fisted evil dictator who's trying so hard people laugh at him.

Can't be all bad if you're allowed to laugh at him in public. Personally I would like to see a cage match between Putin and Palin, the cage should be mounted on an iceberg in the middle of the barring straight so that both nations can see it.

Re:Good ol' Putin (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#41297619)

Putin' deep into Palin?

Re:Good ol' Putin (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#41297165)

At least he didn't start a war on false premises like Dubya and Blair. He's a far better person..

Re:Good ol' Putin (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#41297197)

A "real leader"?

It seems that real leaders everywhere in fact spend all the time on the run from their people. Lying to them, sending them off to war on false pretenses, restricting their freedom of speech, engaging in espionage against their own people, imprisoning them without trial, and conspiring with corporations and the elite to rape and pillage as much of the world's natural resources as they can possibly lay their hands on.

The more time these people spend *NOT* doing any "leading", the less damage they can do.

Re:Good ol' Putin (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#41297209)

Christ, I thought this level of naivite is only posiible in bad holywood movies :(

Re:Good ol' Putin (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#41297243)

Unlike the US where people are detained indefinitely without trial, whistle-blowers are tortured and hunted down,anyone anywhere can be legally killed by drone on the US president's say so - all based on secret evidence presented in secret and the US is itching to start another war of aggression against Iran. Oh and the icing on the cake, the US is arming and training al Qaeda supporters in Syria. Jeez louise, what can possibly go wrong with that?

Putin's real crime? - he stands up to the US.

Re:Good ol' Putin (1)

Hentes (2461350) | about a year and a half ago | (#41297371)

It's not as much compensating as fitting the expectations of the average Russian. Russia never really had democracy, an so they haven't developed a democratic culture. They don't want a democratically elected leader, they want a strong powerful one. Many of them still think nostalgically about Stalin. So if Putin wants to keep his public support, he has to constantly show power and build his cult of personality.

Re:Good ol' Putin (1)

Tom (822) | about a year and a half ago | (#41297441)

What this actually proves is that humans are more complex creatures than pop psychology allows.

We find it difficult to not label things and people. And we prefer simple categories. A fascist dictator who murders people and yet has a thing for the arts and supports starving artists just isn't something we have a category for, so we focus on the one and either forget or re-label the other.

Of course it can't be that a good person does a bad thing - he was lead by circumstances into a situation he couldn't control. Of course it can't be that a bad person has redeeming qualities - they are only a front to cover up his crimes.

Book hint: Out of Character [outofcharacterbook.com].

Re:Good ol' Putin (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#41297561)

A fascist dictator who murders people and yet has a thing for the arts and supports starving artists just isn't something we have a category for

Oh please! Protests to the contrary, such people only support art as an extension of their own ego, political or narcissitic needs. We see this in Hitlers "entartete Kunst" (degenerate art) where modern artists would, en-masse, flee the threat of persecution in Nazi Germany. We see it in Stalins censorship of the second part of Eisenhowers Ivan the Terrible. [wikipedia.org]

While everyone appreciates art according to their own aesthetic and world view; It's with good reason we remember Hitler and Stalin as genocidal maniacs rather than art lovers.

Re:Good ol' Putin (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#41297477)

Oh come on, this is all old news. Let's look on the bright side of it. Do you have any idea how important WW2 was for the fashion industry? I am looking forward to the resurgence of very large hats if nothing else. Probably boots as well

Re:Good ol' Putin (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#41297755)

What ever is your MENSTUAL problem? There are stories on both Repubmocrat candidates, corporate whiz kids invading your privacy, black hats, Bill Gates and you're losing your stuff over a fluff piece on Putin. Look around, the garbage runs the show and you aren't doing anything in particular but whining about it. OMFG, take a F**KING pill!

Re:Good ol' Putin (1)

SpaghettiPattern (609814) | about a year and a half ago | (#41297851)

The outlandish antics- tiger hunting, shooting whales, bare-chested horseback riding... he's doing it for the same reason as the guy who buys the really expensive, shiny, loud red pickup. He's compensating for ...

I bow to your razor sharp analysis and take my hat off to you. Would you spend some of your precious time and analyse my glorious leader, the old Silvio? In his spare time he er..., well..., hunts and concurs. Although I suspect the prey and trophies are convinced to surrender with incentives. What's he compensating for?

Re:Good ol' Putin (2)

mumblestheclown (569987) | about a year and a half ago | (#41297195)

Here's not "Good o' Putin." He's a kleptocratic, fascist dictator who has directly caused the death of at least thousands of innocents and whose greed and duplicitous use of right-win poplusm has caused untold millions, both in Russia and in other states, from Uzbekistan to Ukraine, from Syria to Georgia, from Estonia to Africa to suffer. Let's stop the "wink wink" bond jokes and kitsch cutesy comments and unhesitatingly and forcefully condemn this evil man AND THOSE IN THE CORRUPT RUSSIAN MIDDLE WHO CONTINUE TO SUPPORT HIM in the strongest way possible.

Re:Good ol' Putin (1)

X.25 (255792) | about a year and a half ago | (#41297403)

Here's not "Good o' Putin." He's a kleptocratic, fascist dictator who has directly caused the death of at least thousands of innocents and whose greed and duplicitous use of right-win poplusm has caused untold millions, both in Russia and in other states, from Uzbekistan to Ukraine, from Syria to Georgia, from Estonia to Africa to suffer. Let's stop the "wink wink" bond jokes and kitsch cutesy comments and unhesitatingly and forcefully condemn this evil man AND THOSE IN THE CORRUPT RUSSIAN MIDDLE WHO CONTINUE TO SUPPORT HIM in the strongest way possible.

Tell me, how many innocents died due to actions of military directly controlled by various US presidents?

Make a wild guess.

Re:Good ol' Putin (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#41297503)

So... what you're saying is that he's a significantly better leader than almost all previous leaders of USA? Well that's settled, then.

Re:Good ol' Putin (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#41297217)

If anyone wanted to know what a country would look like if a Bond villain actually won, look no farther than Russia.

Why not Saudi Arabia?

Re:Good ol' Putin (1)

Taco Cowboy (5327) | about a year and a half ago | (#41297683)

If anyone wanted to know what a country would look like if a Bond villain actually won, look no farther than Russia.

Why not Saudi Arabia?

Or Pakistan, where a Christian girl with mental retardation is false charged with blasphemy against a religion that has no relation to her - Islam - and although she is innocent, and has been released from jail, is still facing real danger of being killed by Islamic fanatics

That, my friend, is a country where Bond villian rules.

Russia, on the other hand, pales in comparison.

Re:Good ol' Putin (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#41297749)

But why then people in UK/USA protest so much about Putin and not about those? Russ-o-phobia? They believe they help their countries this way? Isn't it hypocrisy? In Russia you can protest (at least in theory) in S. Arabia it's forbidden (even in theory - but it's an "ally" in something). How can people with double standards sleep at night? Some random thoughts...

Re:Good ol' Putin (1)

fuzzyfuzzyfungus (1223518) | about a year and a half ago | (#41297907)

That, my friend, is a country where Bond villian rules.

Russia, on the other hand, pales in comparison.

You have to have some sort of ideosyncratic affectations and Rube Goldberg plots to go along with your general miasma of evil in order to be a 'Bond villian'. Having at least one henchman with identifiable qualities and a suitably snappy uniform for your expendable muscle is also a good idea. Neither Pakistan nor Saudi Arabia seem to remotely qualify on those counts. They get plenty of good, mundane, (halal)meat-and-potatoes evil done; but they don't really have any good cults of personality or sinister hijinks to go along with them. In post-Soviet Russia, you have a mediagenic stream of macho stunts by Putin, with occasional cuts to the Medvedev for comic relief, and the odd mysterious death among the living-in-posh-exile Russian plutocrats in London for a change of scene.

By contrast, neither Pakistan nor Saudi Arabia even rises to the level of having personally identifiable villains. Anonymous crowds of angry guys with scruffy beards? Sure, plenty of those; but no larger-than-life characters to work with.

I have two words for Mr. Putin. (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#41297327)

Pussy Riot!

And I have four for you (2)

Kupfernigk (1190345) | about a year and a half ago | (#41297745)

Paul Chambers, Bradley Manning. We really need to start working on the plank in our eye before removing Mr. Putin's.

Re:Good ol' Putin (1)

drinkypoo (153816) | about a year and a half ago | (#41297605)

If anyone wanted to know what a country would look like if a Bond villain actually won, look no farther than Russia.

You mean, besides when we had Kim-Jong Il and his hirarious sungrasses?

Jews did WTC (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#41296997)

Your annual reminder.

Re:Jews did WTC (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#41297087)

Some people stay up for New Years. You stayed up to post this.

Meh (1)

shutdown -p now (807394) | about a year and a half ago | (#41297003)

This crap is already plastered all over Russian news sites, now it's here as well. Thanks, dear submitter, now we'll have to wade through another round of silly jokes (because there's no other kind given the context).

I could have sworn I typed "slashdot.org" just now (3, Insightful)

wonkey_monkey (2592601) | about a year and a half ago | (#41297013)

This is News for Nerds?

Re:I could have sworn I typed "slashdot.org" just (2)

Deus.1.01 (946808) | about a year and a half ago | (#41297119)

The Russians have bought Chelsea and TVR...you think they can't buy ./?

Rather strangely (1)

Kupfernigk (1190345) | about a year and a half ago | (#41297777)

They have also bought The Independent, and as The Guardian slowly goes down the tubes and loses all its principles, The Independent seems to be emerging as the last British newspaper with any credibility. Some at least of the oligarchs seem to have the ambition to become English gentlemen, just as those English gentlemen turn out to be pretty obnoxious themselves.

Re:I could have sworn I typed "slashdot.org" just (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#41297147)

"This is News for Nerds?"

No, it's stuff that matters. ;)

Re:I could have sworn I typed "slashdot.org" just (5, Insightful)

Seumas (6865) | about a year and a half ago | (#41297251)

Agreed. I read the submission twice. Then checked some comments. Then went back and read the submission a third time. I was sure I was missing something, somewhere. This has nothing to do with tech or nerds. It barely even qualifies as politics, for that matter. This belongs on Good Morning America or some other drivel.

Re:I could have sworn I typed "slashdot.org" just (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#41297317)

Why the fuck don't you use BOOKMARKS, you idiot?

Re:I could have sworn I typed "slashdot.org" just (1)

Limecron (206141) | about a year and a half ago | (#41297765)

I was waiting for the day after CmdrTaco left that I'd stop reading Slashdot, and I think I've found it.

Peace out, y'all.

Let's say it's all publicity (2)

maweki (999634) | about a year and a half ago | (#41297029)

Even if it were all publicity, I must say, that I am impressed. Look what every other politician would do for some PR like that. Everybody can go around kissing babies. Doesn't matter what you think of him, but you have to commend his commitment.

Re:Let's say it's all publicity (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#41297075)

He sure knows how to do a few things.

Putin is that fucking awesome president which you really don't want to be leading your country.

Re:Let's say it's all publicity (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#41297111)

Ahem Talking about kissing babies, I think you know Putin's no ordinary politician here as well: http://www.cbsnews.com/video/watch/?id=1760111n

Re:Let's say it's all publicity (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#41297433)

No other politician could get away with it, they would look too ridicules. But Putin doesn't have to worry about looking ridicules because he doesn't have to worry about elections.

Fuck this guy (5, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#41297061)

He should rather care about independent journalists - the most endangered species in Russia.

Is /. being paid for these kind of articles?

Re:Fuck this guy (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#41297267)

You mean US funded stooges like the Propaganda Riot women?

It's a lesson to the west (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#41297283)

He was KGB (now FSB), an *insider*, not a terrorist, not an outside invading army. He didn't take power by scaring the people with acts of terror.

Russia simply is a monitored society with a big secret police. He simply leveraged running the secret police into election rigging, ballot stuffing and in some provinces, the vote count was against him in the evening and for him in the morning, huge impossible swings in key elections.

So while UK, USA and the west are all building up their surveillance and secret police, to protect against this big threat of terrorism, the reality is far more dangerous.

The biggest threat to freedom is and always will be, the power hungry individual with police/military apparatus under his control.

Re:It's a lesson to the west (1)

Alex Belits (437) | about a year and a half ago | (#41297781)

election rigging

So who, do you think, really won election in Russia? The choices, other than United Russia, were:

1. Communists (KPRF -- YA, RLY, second largest number of seats in the parliament).
2. Clowns with disturbingly fascist tendencies (LDPR).
3. Socialists (Just Russia).
4. US-worshipping Libertarians (Yabloko).

Re:Fuck this guy (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#41297829)

No dissing el presidentski, he's got the power. Including the power of restoring life! But at the price of someone's voice, sadly. No free lunch and all that. Apparently a bunch of cranes died during filming, says one biologist girl involved. After some intimidation, they suddenly hadn't died. But she curiously hasn't any will to speak left.

Kim Jung Ill - Coincidence?? (2, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#41297085)

These are exactly the same types of activities that Kim Jung Ill seems to excel at.

Re:Kim Jung Ill - Coincidence?? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#41297155)

Why is this modded down?

need to afraid of Russia (1)

FrontDoors (2701269) | about a year and a half ago | (#41297135)

Putin very cool man, and dangerous, and clever and so on - so YOU ( USA ) need to afraid of Russia.

Re:need to afraid of Russia (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#41297205)

unless the cranes are filled with dynamite and trained to cross the ocean, I don't think I'll lose any sleep over it.

Wow that happened like two weeks ago.. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#41297215)

The new slashdot mods are behind the curve.... (From a 12.36 Yr Slashdot Vet)

Re:Wow that happened like two weeks ago.. (1)

93 Escort Wagon (326346) | about a year and a half ago | (#41297247)

The new slashdot mods are behind the curve.... (From a 12.36 Yr Slashdot Vet)

Vladimir Putin has Slashdot ID #0.

What a douche (0)

Alioth (221270) | about a year and a half ago | (#41297303)

Putin is a douchebag who is afraid of a few teenage girls.

Re:What a douche (2, Interesting)

dunkelfalke (91624) | about a year and a half ago | (#41297439)

This is not quite right, I guess Putin doesn't care about these. You see, they weren't teenage girls and they have "protested" (personally, I believe them to be simply a bunch of attention whores) numerous times before, their leader even in a group sex session while being pregnant. Nobody cared until they tried to "perform" in the church and the church is a powerful institution in Capitalist Russia.

In Soviet Russia (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#41297321)

Vladimir Putin casts YOUR ballot for you.

whilst riding a zebra.

Anyone else think this was being ironic? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#41297341)

When I read cranes, I was actually expecting industrial cranes and I couldn't shake that the entire time when reading it.

Hypocritical BS from western dupes (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#41297379)

LOL, as if the little twerps in this thread have ever experienced 'real journalism' in their lives. Sure, the little prostitutes of the MSM in Europe and the US are the golden standard - don't make me laugh. Don't stick your nose where it doesn't belong (ie. Russia) and clean up your own shit first OKthnx.

Who made you? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#41297399)

Has Slashdot been purchased by Russia Today? Could've fooled me....

magnificent (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#41297537)

What about fresh news of Kim Cheng Un or Lukashenka?

PUTIN? TECH? DA FUQ?! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#41297575)

Enough /. for this month then.

Only a minority of the cranes is still (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#41297625)

behind Putin.

And yet (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#41297639)

he appears to be mortally scared of pussies.

Sooner or later... (1)

JockTroll (996521) | about a year and a half ago | (#41297685)

... He will shoot an albatross while on a ship. In the mist and fog. Then the mist will clear, and everybody will cheer him because he shot the albatross, and everybody knows those birds bring the fog. Then the ship will hit a dead calm, and stay there, stuck in the middle of the ocean among slimy things. The sailors will curse him and hang the albatross about his neck. Water, water, every where, and all the boards did shrink; water, water, every where, nor any drop to drink. And after a funny ol' teatime with Death and Life-in-Death, Vlad will crash weddings everywhere to go all Tales from the Crypt on the guests.

Fuck Putin (2, Informative)

ZosX (517789) | about a year and a half ago | (#41297687)

2 years in prison for a song protesting him? I hope he burns in hell and history remembers him for the despot he is!

Re:Fuck Putin (0)

ZosX (517789) | about a year and a half ago | (#41297699)

And fuck whoever posted this puff piece glorifying that human piece of trash!

Propaganda bots at work (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#41297845)

Looks like bots are online now: http://politics.slashdot.org/story/12/08/27/0555219/russias-former-kgb-invests-in-political-propaganda-spambots

2 things we know after this. (1)

will_die (586523) | about a year and a half ago | (#41297893)

There are two things you will learn after reading the summary.
1) This was the weirdest slashvertisment ever.
2) If that joke is one of the most contemptuous and popular ones they need alot of practice and have a great lack of humor.

Old news (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#41297911)

I used to come to slashdot for new and interesting articles. This article and quite a few others I've seen on slashdot over the last few months have been quite old. Why wasn't this posted closer to when it actually happened? I've already read this article and several versions of it. Why are slashdot's standards slipping?

slashdot /3
I'm done with you.

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