- By Joshua Keating
Joshua Keating is associate editor at Foreign Policy and the editor of the Passport blog. He has worked as a researcher, editorial assistant, and deputy Web editor since joining the FP staff in 2007. In addition to being featured in Foreign Policy, his writing has been published by the Washington Post, Newsweek International, Radio Prague, the Center for Defense Information, and Romania's Adevarul newspaper. He has appeared as a commentator on CNN International, C-Span, ABC News, Al Jazeera, NPR, BBC radio, and others. A native of Brooklyn, New York, he studied comparative politics at Oberlin College.
The New York Times reports that in honor of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s birthday, "The Young Guard of the governing United Russia party released a video portraying Mr. Putin as a sex symbol fawned over by young women." But that description doesn’t really do this bizarre concoction justice.
The video is actually a reenactment of all of Putin’s greatest PR stunts… but with fresh-faced young United Russia beauties instead of a middle-aged bald guy. We see one riding a horse through a meadow, another behind the controls of a fighter jet, one emerging from the sea with a Grecian urn, and one beating America at hockey and making some unidentified black guy sad. (Wonder who that could represent?) Then they all receive text messages accompanied by a soundtrack of Putin singing Blueberry Hill. (I’m disappointed that they don’t have one of the ladies harpooning a whale but I guess they were on a budget.
Just watch it (Probably safe for work but you might get some odd looks):