Teaching Comparative Government and Politics

Thursday, October 20, 2011

St. Vlad

Sue Witmer sent me another link to another intriguing article. This one, from Reuters, shows that the cult of Putin might be gathering strength to rival the cult of Mao. It might also be detrimental to the once and future president's efforts to manage his public image.

Putin is saint and saviour for Russian cult
Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin cultivates the image of a bare-chested macho man, but a nun-like sect in central Russia thinks actually he's the reincarnation of St. Paul, the apostle.

Or, if not that, he may in a past life have been the founder of the Russian Orthodox Church.

"I say what the Lord has revealed to me," the sect's leader, former convict Svetlana Frolova, said.

Putin's advisers disclaim any link with the sect…

Frolova and her followers are only the most extreme illustration of a personality cult building up around Putin before the 2012 presidential election…

Putin, for his part, projects a macho, "can do" image…

Part of his allure is having restored Russians' pride after the chaos of the 1990s and the embarrassment of Boris Yeltsin's sometimes drunken stunts as president…

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