Subscriber Account active since. Alexei Navalny on Thursday decried Russian President Vladimir Putin as a "naked king" clinging to power, during what marked the Kremlin critic's first public appearance since he went on a hunger strike in prison. It is quite obvious. Twenty years of incompetent rule have come to this: There is a crown sliding from his ears," Navalny said of Putin, alluding to the recent anti-government protests across Russia linked to Navalny's imprisonment, according to CNN. He doesn't care about the country. He is clung to power and wants to rule indefinitely," Navalny added. Putin, who has ruled over Russia for 20 years, in early April signed a law that paved the way for him to stay in power until Critics say the Russian leader has effectively made himself president for life. Navalny, who's Putin's most prominent critic, made these comments while joining a Moscow court hearing via video link. A judge rejected Navalny's appeal of a conviction over accusations he defamed a World War II veteran — a verdict broadly seen as politically motivated.
Subscriber Account active since. Russian President Vladimir Putin has defended the shirtless pictures of himself on vacation that have taken the internet by storm in recent years, telling an Austrian journalist he has "no need to hide. Last year, the Kremlin released pictures of a shirtless Putin fishing in a Siberian lake and, an image of him riding a horse half-naked has been turned into countless memes. The Russian leader is apparently unfazed by all of this. Armin Wolf, a n Austrian reporter, recently asked Putin for more background on the "half-naked" photos, stating , " There are many photos of you half-naked, which is rather unusual for a head of state. These photos were not taken by paparazzi or tourists.
The Russian President shed a sheepskin coat and felt boots before taking a dip to mark the Christian Orthodox feast of Epiphany. A half-naked Vladimir Putin has carried out another of his macho photo ops - this time plunging into an icy lake as park of a ritual to mark Orthodox Epiphany. The year-old Russian President stripped to the waist and bared his chest before crossing himself and lowering himself into a hole in the ice over Lake Seliger. Mr Putin, wearing just trunks, became completely immersed in the water, having removed a sheepskin coat and felt boots for the freezing swim.
Czech protestors put an effigy on display of Vladimir Putin naked on a fake golden toilet. The sculpture shows him with red boxers around his ankle, holding toilet paper and a brush. The protestors from the group Kaputin put the effigy in front of the Russian Embassy in Prague, and there is a serious message behind it. In February, the toilet brush became a symbol of pro-Nalvany protests after the leader published a video where he and his allies alleged that Putin had an opulent palace. Alexei Navalny was sentenced to two-and-a-half years in jail in February for parole violations that he insists were trumped up. He was arrested at the border as he returned to Russia from Germany, where he was recovering from nerve agent poisoning. This would ban them and open up activists to long jail terms. Navalny has been on a hunger strike for the last three weeks and has been transferred to a hospital. Doctors fear he is running out of time, and at any moment, could die from cardiac arrest or kidney failure.