Vladimir Putin still tippin’ on 3s

Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin (L) and the leader of the Night Wolves biker group, Alexander Zaldostanov (R), also known as the Surgeon, ride motorcycles on August 29, 2011 at a bikers’ festival in the Black Sea port of Novorossiysk, Russia. Putin described leather-clad bikers as brothers and boasted of the ‘indivisible Russian nation’ after ...

By , a former associate editor at Foreign Policy.
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Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin (L) and the leader of the Night Wolves biker group, Alexander Zaldostanov (R), also known as the Surgeon, ride motorcycles on August 29, 2011 at a bikers' festival in the Black Sea port of Novorossiysk, Russia. Putin described leather-clad bikers as brothers and boasted of the 'indivisible Russian nation' after roaring into a biking rally on a Harley Davidson. 

Motorcycles can reach a certain point in size where they cease to look badass and begin to resemble golf carts or Rascal scooters. Vova may have passed that point.

Check out this slide show from last year for more prime ministerial trike action.

Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin (L) and the leader of the Night Wolves biker group, Alexander Zaldostanov (R), also known as the Surgeon, ride motorcycles on August 29, 2011 at a bikers’ festival in the Black Sea port of Novorossiysk, Russia. Putin described leather-clad bikers as brothers and boasted of the ‘indivisible Russian nation’ after roaring into a biking rally on a Harley Davidson. 

Motorcycles can reach a certain point in size where they cease to look badass and begin to resemble golf carts or Rascal scooters. Vova may have passed that point.

Check out this slide show from last year for more prime ministerial trike action.

Update: Here’s video, via RFE/RL:

Joshua Keating was an associate editor at Foreign Policy. Twitter: @joshuakeating

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