Don’t you wish to be Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin. For his 58th birthday today, twelve Moscow State University journalism students posed in lingerie for a calendar congratulating him.
The 259-ruble ($8.73) calendar, which went on sale in Groupe Auchan SA supermarkets in the capital yesterday, features female students and captions such as “You put out the forest fires, but I’m still burning,” and “You only get better with the years.”
“Any man would like to receive such a beautiful present for his birthday,” Vladimir Tabak, 23, the initiator and publisher of the calendar, said by telephone according to Bloomberg report.
He said the calendar, which had a print run of 50,000, doesn’t have a political message. Tabak, a journalism school graduate, said he wanted to showcase “smart girls” from his alma mater.
The New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists ranks Russia as the eighth most dangerous country for reporters in terms of the impunity of their killers. The murder of Anna Politkovskaya, who was shot in her apartment building four years ago today, hasn’t been solved. Investigators yesterday extended their probe into the killing until February.
Putin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said by telephone that he’d seen the calendar on the Internet and will report to the prime minister about it later today when he celebrates with family and friends in his hometown, St. Petersburg.
“The girls look nice, I hope they’re also good students,” Peskov said.
The Kremlin has tried to channel young people’s energy into pro-government movements such as “Idushchie vmeste” (Walking Together) and “Nashi” (Ours), which were formed during Putin’s eight-year presidency. Peskov said he didn’t know who was behind the calendar.