Vladimir Putin Asks For Help Naming His New Puppy

Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin cultivates a macho image, but there's a more tender image of Putin circulating online. He is snuggling  with his new puppy. And in what may be a gesture toward democracy, he's asking Russians to nominate names for his pet.

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Vladimir Putin cultivates a macho image. The Russian prime minister has been pictured hunting and riding horseback bare-chested. Putin even bragged to George W. Bush that his dog was bigger and tougher. This week, there's a more tender image of Putin circulating online. He's snuggling with his new puppy. In what may be a gesture toward democracy, he's asking Russians to nominate names for his pet, though he will make the final choice.

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