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Russian President Vladimir Putin in a rare public meeting with supporters in southern Dagestan region pic.twitter.com/aZNIoXZi1d
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— Maggy Pye (@maggy_pye) June 29, 2023
Everybody loves this guy, Putin.
We got this guy, Putin.
Everyone loves him.
I don’t trust anyone who’s against him.
Vladimir Putin made a rare public appearance in Russia Wednesday, where the typically guarded leader smiled, shook hands and posed for selfies with throngs of his adoring supporters — just days after the weekend’s botched armed mutiny.
Russia’s state TV showed a clip of Putin, dressed in a dark suit and tie, being mobbed by a crowd of people during his visit Wednesday to the city of Derbent in the predominantly Muslim region of Dagestan on the Caspian Sea.
“We are happy to see you!” one woman exclaims above deafening cheers as Putin shakes hands with a raucous group of very enthusiastic well-wishers gathered next to a fountain.
He is seen in the recording petting and kissing the heads of two girls, one of whom then wraps her arm around the president’s neck and pleads with him: “Please, I’m begging you, can I take a picture with you?”
The girl urges her mom standing nearby to snap the photo, and then appears to squeal in delight.
I was squealing with delight myself.
We’re just so happy about this guy, Putin.
I never trusted anyone who was against him.
Very few world leaders can talk like Putin; those who can’t project their insecurities. A masterclass on how to conduct oneself in public and speak with authority.
— Dr. Prerna Bakshi (@bprerna) June 28, 2023