Russian president Vladimir Putin has been missing from the public eye for over a week. His scheduled meetings and public appearances have all been canceled. Such long absence of Russia's leader never happened before (since he assumed office in 2000) and sparked numerous rumors about his health. Kremlin's reply? "Everything is fine. His handshake is strong enough to break hands, and he's been extremely busy working on solving the Russia's economic crisis. He has numerous meetings, but they are not public.", Putin's spokesman Dmitry Peskov said.
Let us show where or how Putin has been hiding.
Germany's Angela Merkel and France's Francois Hollande sat down with Russia's Vladimir Putin this Friday to try and craft a peaceful solution to the Ukraine crisis. Not only the situation over Ukraine is hurting Russia-West relationship, it also splits Europe from the US, since Europe is taking a soft stand while America is pressing for firmer actions against Russia to force Putin to stop supporting Ukrainian rebels and return Crimea to Ukraine. The result of the talks so far? Merkel and Hollande returned back Saturday empty-handed. We don't have decent photos from this meeting, so instead we ask you to
photoshop this photo (any way you wish) taken in 2013, on G20 summit in St. Petersburg, Russia, when they were still on good terms, and the war in Ukraine was not yet in the cards.
Image credit: Agence France-Presse.
The latest round of sanctions against Russia, its political and economic isolation, has put a lot of strain on President Putin and it shows dramatically on his face. Although he tries to appear as "still a strong national leader", his rapidly aging face shows he's suffering from stress and insomnia, analysts say. He erratically recorded one of his urgent speeches to the nation at 2 am, with minimal preparations and makeup - something he's never done before - which again proves he's under a lot of distress and can't sleep at 2 am. Four plastic surgeons studying Putin's appearance in the last 6 months confirm his face goes through regular botox injections, and he's been using more makeup to hide the bags under his eyes and his sweating skin.
Today we'll help Putin save face, by putting him through plastic surgery and/or makeup.
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This Friday we continue our freaking experiment with provided source images. Russian President Putin is under fire these days for his recent annexation of Ukraine's Crimea and Sevastopol. Though he tries to appear calm and confident in front of the cameras, his posture and face mimics usually say otherwise - Putin is under a lot of stress. The photo we present you today is from the 2012 APEC Summit held in Russia - when Putin was really calm and confident, and was treated with respect by other world leaders.
Photoshop this photo of President Putin reading a document any way you wish. Photo credit: RIA NOVOSTI
This Friday we continue our freaking experiment with provided source images.
Photoshop this photo of two Putin's press conference any way you wish. Some examples are: showing what surprises Putin may show during this press conference, what guests or journalists may ask Putin some questions, etc.