Vlad the Embracer

It appears I owe Vladimir Putin an apology.  I wrote a post this summer about the politics of badassery, which was 95% about the judo-black belt prime minister.  Well, new events have come to light, and I want to apologize for overlooking the man’s capacity for love:


So there we have it. Vladmir Putin: tiger hunter, judo fighter, jet pilot, puppy cuddler.

Though I’m pretty sure Putin’s PR department (or, more likely, the gland in his brain that secretes badass straight into his bloodstream) went into overdrive to head off the spread of this picture: