January 8, 2013
Vladimir Putin, Czar of the French
Nina Khrushcheva, Project Syndicate
Putin has finally proven that he is capable of exploits that no czar could accomplish. All that tough anti-Western rhetoric on behalf of the nation -- the bare-chested horsemanship, the kissing of tigers, and the flying with cranes -- has paid off: the aloof French have at long last recognized Russian superiority and are sending one of their greatest representatives to partake of it.
TAGGED: Vladimir Putin, Russia, Gerard Depardieu, Europe, France