Who is cooler than Vladimir Putin? Putin is such a tough guy that when the boogeyman goes to bed, he checks his closet for Vladimir Putin. There used to be a street named after Vladimir Putin, but it was changed because nobody crosses Vladimir Putin and lives. Vladimir Putin protects his bodyguards. When Vladimir Putin was born, he slapped the doctor.
You get the point. The guy is truly larger than life. If you are lacking in your knowledge of what is going on in the world, Putin has been the big dog in Russia for a while now. A lot of people think he is rather scary and that he has moved Russia back closer to communism than to a democracy. He has been accused of rigging votes at elections, passing laws that threaten the liberty of Russia's citizens, and for being responsible for the invasions of Ukraine and Georgia. A lot of people go so far as to call him a dictator. And let's face it, the dude is kind of scary. So scary in fact that Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton spent a lot of time arguing about who would be tougher on Putin in the last presidential debate. And why not- after all, when Vladimir Putin does a pushup, he isn't lifting himself up, he is pushing the Earth down.
But hey, Putin is still a regular guy! He isn't anything to be scared of. Don't believe me? Then just check out the photos below, and you will see what I mean. Here are 16 photos of Vladimir Putin being a regular old guy.
16 Putin Petting A Baby Chick
Nothing, and I mean nothing says "regular guy" like holding a baby chick and staring at it intently. The coolest thing about this photo is the look he is giving the bird; it is sort of tender and menacing all at the same time. Okay, maybe that is a little odd, but Putin makes it seem normal right? Putin loved animals from an early age; in fact he used to hunt rats. When Putin was young he was very poor and lived in Leningrad with his family, and also three other families, in a group apartment building. In his biography it was stated that he used to kill time by hunting rats on the stairs. See? Talk about a regular guy. I mean all of us did that, right? Hunted rats while growing up? All right, maybe not.
15 Trying To Crush A Frisbee
Check out Putin in this one. It is a bit of a puzzler I must admit. He is surrounded by a bunch of adoring youths, and is apparently trying to break a frisbee. Just another mellow day at the office for Putin, right? Speaking of youths, Putin did more than hunt rats when he was young; he also trained in judo and got a black belt by the time he was 18-years-old. He still practices judo now. He was being bullied when he was young and decided to take up judo to "keep his place in the pack." Can you imagine bullying Putin? You wonder what happened to those guys that used to bully him way back when. I am going to go out on a limb here and assume that their families have not heard from them in a while.
14 Riding A Horse...Shirtless
Now this is the dude we are all talking about. Who can pull this off better than Putin? Let's break it down. He is on a horse, he is shirtless, he's wearing shades and also wearing some sort of combat pants and boots. And the thing is, he looks like a totally regular guy doing it. Most people would look like they were trying to look "oh so cool" if they tried to pull this off. But not Putin, he's just like, "Hey, what's up? Why are you all looking at me? Haven't you ever seen a dictator riding around shirtless on a horse before?" Well, maybe back in the days of Genghis Khan, but we have to admit that most world leaders nowadays could not quite make this look work. Obama is cool but even he could not make this work.
13 The Big, Furry Hat
All right then. Who else can pull off a look like this other than Putin? I will tell you who. No one, that's who. The only type of guy who can get away with a hat like that is truly an international man of mystery. Speaking of mystery, Putin has two daughters who were born in East Germany, who would both be around 30-years-old by now. Nothing odd about that, right? No, wrong. Nothing is known about them, there are no known photos of them, and the Russian media says next to nothing about them. Which I guess is how the whole "dictator" thing comes into play. Beside, who but a dictator could get away with wearing a hat like that? I know I couldn't. Putin truly is the man, in a totally regular way, of course.
12 Going For A Quick Swim...In A Lake
Hey look here is Putin just swimming around in the lake, just like a regular guy. This photo is cool enough as it is, but the story behind it is even cooler. While Putin here just looks like a regular guy, which he is of course, taking a little morning swim, according to reports, during a summit: "Obama booked the entire hotel gym so he could get his early morning workouts in before meetings with the other world leaders. Putin decided he would leave the comfortable treadmills of the gym to the U.S. president and instead swim in the freezing waters of Lough Erne for his morning workout." It even looks like he is doing some funky stroke in the cold water. Very impressive Vladimir, as always.
11 Gone Huntin'
You might say to yourself "well he does not look much like a regular guy here. He is walking around shirtless with a gun out in the wild." Oh, but he does. It is his demeanor that makes him seem so chill and normal. You trying carrying around a gun shirtless and see how relaxed you look. Actually I take that back- it is not a good idea. There's one thing for sure though, Putin always looks relaxed and chill, even when carrying a weapon. He even looks relaxed in this artist's depiction of him strangling a terrorist. If there is one thing that you need to be a regular guy, it's a calm and cool demeanor. That goes for if you are working the overnight at the Seven-11 or if you are the shirtless, gun-toting leader of Russia.
10 Putin Playing Hockey
What says "regular guy" more than enjoying a little bit of hockey with some friends? In Russia hockey is a huge sport, much more popular than it is here in the States. But is he a regular guy even if a lot of those "friends" are former pros? Sure. In fact, Putin showed people how normal he was by falling down while playing. According to the Daily Mail: "Now the Russian leader is at it again - playing ice hockey with sporting legends in front of hundreds of apparently adoring fans. However his latest publicity stunt took an embarrassing turn when he slipped and fell on the ice in front of his teammates - landing on his bottom with his legs in the air." Putin embarrassed? I don't think so. Not Putin. I don't think that is possible.
9 Testing A Firearm
One gets the feeling that Putin may have an idea how to use this gun that he is holding. This one may look a little severe, but being good with a gun was a part of Putin's job, and regular guys have to have a job. His was just a little odder than most. For over 15 years Putin was a member of the KGB, which basically means he was a spy. His main thing was trying to recruit undercover agents to go to the USA. He was not just joking around either; when the Berlin Wall fell, a mob tried to get into KGB headquarters while Putin burned files. So what I am really trying to say here is while you may see a photo of a guy in a suit with a gun, what I see is Vladimir Putin, just a regular guy.
8 Riding His Motorcycle
Hey, what do we have here? Nothing really, no big deal, move along - nothing to see here - just Vladimir Putin riding his motorcycle down the street. How does he afford such a nice bike? Well, he is totally rich. How rich you might wonder? How could a guy that is the head of a country such as Russia be so rich? Well, the rumor is that he has billions of dollars. Yeah, that's right, I said billions. Many people that oppose Putin say that he secretly owns portions of many different Russian companies. It's said that he owns 11 luxury watchers and 20 villas and palaces; nine of those have been constructed during the time that Putin was leading Russia. Looks like he has come a long way from hunting rats.
7 Hunting Game
Putin with a tiger. What a normal regular guy thing to do, right? Well, some people think that Putin actually works to create this kind of image and says photos such as this one are staged. For example some reports say: "Aides to the Russian prime minister have released a series of images from his recent trip to a nature reserve in the Siberian region of Tuva, which borders Mongolia. Dressed in a camouflage jacket and trousers and wearing his trademark sunglasses, Putin poses like a professional model in an outdoor clothes catalogue." Poses? The writer of that article thinks that Putin poses? No way man! There is nothing, and I mean nothing, more legitimate than seeing Putin out in the wild, and that goes double if he is cradling a tiger.
6 Putin...The Cuddler?
Awww. Look at this one. Putin and a puppy. This is probably the cutest thing I have ever seen. And you would say the same if you knew what was good for you. It truly is amazing that Putin is so sweet and cuddly and is also a superhero at the same time. And I mean that literally. There is a comic strip in Russia by Sergei Kalenik which is called “Superputin.” You can probably guess why. In the cartoon he is a superhero who fights terrorists and also people who like to protest publicly. Sample strips include him stopping a bomb from blowing up a bus, and in another he fights zombies (and wins of course). Now who could do that and still look so adorable with a puppy? Only one man. Superputin.
5 Tea Party With A Little Girl
So hey, here you go. This one is about as regular as it possibly gets. Well sort of. I mean, he is the leader of Russia, having a tea party with a little girl, which is kind of odd I guess. Do you remember when Russia was really scary? I mean now they are kind of scary, but back in the day it was truly something else. It was like they were terrifying. You would go to bed and lay there and think about how in the middle of the night the scary Russians might drop a bomb on the USA and things would all be over. I imagine that Putin thinks of that time as "The Good Old Days." Just like this girl will look back fondly at this time, when she had tea and crumpets with Vladimir Putin, leader of Russia, and all-around regular guy.
4 Putin The Pianist
Putin is one talented dude. And if you don't think so, there is a good chance you are going to not be found for a long time. Here is a photo of Putin being as regular as a leader of Russia could possibly be, by performing in front of a huge audience at a charity event in St Petersburg. Here he is trying to play From Where The Motherland Begins, which is a famous Soviet song, on the piano, but he stopped when he hit a wrong note. This is nothing though, compared to this video of Putin singing Blueberry Hill. Sit through the piano part at the beginning and watch it. Trust me. And once again Putin shows how regular he is, because he is awful. A lot of famous people, like Kevin Costner, Gerard Depardieu and Sharon Stone were there for this stirring rendition of Blueberry Hill.
3 He Loves His Dogs
Man, Putin sure does love dogs, just like pretty much every regular guy does. Yeah, you heard me, if you do not like dogs you are weird. It turns out that German Chancellor Angela Merkel is afraid of dogs, but did that stop Vladimir Putin from bringing one to a meeting with her? No way! According to CNN "He did not mean to scare Chancellor Angela Merkel when he brought his pet Labrador in to meet her during an infamous press conference nine years ago."
"I wanted to do something nice for her," he said. "When I found out that she doesn't like dogs, of course I apologized." See? He said he was sorry. What else could he do? Putin is nothing if not a gentleman.
2 Putin The Fitness Guru
Putin is in excellent shape and is extremely virile. If you don't believe that, all you have to do is ask him, or one of the many women he is rumored to have been with. He was rumored to have had an affair with spy Anna Chapman, who was arrested by the U.S on charges of espionage. Rumors of this were denied by Putin. He also has been linked to Alina Kabayeva, who was an Olympic rhythmic gymnastics gold medalist. Some people have even said that he and Alina have had a child. But hey, when you are as normal as Putin is, you are going to have normal guy urges, just like any other regular guy. Is it really his fault that he is so amazing that no woman can resist him? I think not. Putin is who he is.
1 This Picture Says It All
Vladimir Putin does not have it easy. There are certain expectations that come with being who he is. So, as you can see from all the above photos, Vladimir Putin really is a regular guy. He just has a bad reputation; one that is not deserved. It is hard to be treated like a normal person, though, because when Putin was bitten by a cobra, after five days of excruciating pain... the cobra died. Putin will never have a heart attack. His heart isn't nearly foolish enough to attack him. When Vladimir Putin turned 18, his parents moved out. Putin wears sunglasses so that his eyes won't hurt the sun. You get the point. Vladimir Putin is the most regular guy in the world, which is exactly what makes him so amazing.