In Russian politics, Vladimir Putin is both the star of the show and the stuntman.
president’s flight Wednesday in a motorized hang glider purportedly
helped young white Siberian cranes learn how to migrate. But it also was
the latest in a dozen-year series of telegenic escapades.
media events portray him as both exceptionally bold and just a regular
guy who enjoys proletarian pastimes like hunting and fishing. Although
critics say Putin is tremendously wealthy, his stunts are careful to avoid any suggestion of riches. Putin — unlike John Kerry — will never be filmed going windsurfing.