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Putin leads young Siberian cranes in flight
YahooNews ^ | Sep 6, 2012 | staff reporter

Posted on 09/07/2012 10:43:42 AM PDT by Daffynition

VLADIVOSTOK, Russia (AP) — Vladimir Putin flew on a motorized hang glider to lead a flock of young Siberian white cranes in flight, a characteristic stunt for Russia's action-man, animal-loving president that was tarnished by reports that endangered chicks had died while scientists were setting up the trip.

Dressed in a white costume meant to imitate an adult crane, Putin was taking part in a project to teach the endangered birds who were raised in captivity to follow the aircraft on their southern migration to Central Asia.

Putin has charmed many Russians while disgusting others with his feats, starting from 2000 when he flew into Chechnya in the back seat of a fighter jet. Over the years, he has ridden a horse bare-chested through the mountains, driven a Formula One race car and taken the controls of a firefighting plane to dump water on wildfires..

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TOPICS: Outdoors; Pets/Animals; Travel; Weird Stuff
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1 posted on 09/07/2012 10:43:46 AM PDT by Daffynition
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To: Daffynition
Meanwhile, back in Washington....


2 posted on 09/07/2012 10:44:51 AM PDT by dfwgator (I'm voting for Ryan and that other guy.)
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His critics enjoyed it too, but for different reasons. The flight was widely ridiculed in the Russian blogosphere, especially amid speculation that Putin would wear a beak along with the coverall to make the birds think he was their parent.

“The Kremlin press service doesn’t know what other signal to send to the citizens so that they would finally understand that the national leader has lost it,” a popular blogger who goes by the moniker Perzident Roissi — a takeoff on “President of Russia” — said in a Twitter post.

A later, more serious post said, “Putin has given cranes the freedom that he has been taking away from citizens of Russia all these years.”

And Masha Gessen, editor of a Russian travel magazine and author of an anti-Putin biography called “The Man Without a Face: The Unlikely Rise of Vladimir Putin,” said she was fired Monday after refusing to send a reporter to cover Putin’s flight.


3 posted on 09/07/2012 10:45:26 AM PDT by Daffynition (Our forefathers would be shooting by now.)
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To: Daffynition

Say what you want about Putin—he’s a man.


4 posted on 09/07/2012 10:45:49 AM PDT by Antoninus (Sorry, gone rogue.)
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To: dfwgator

Caption the Meanwhile back in Washington Pic. The bystander is musing, “Can he do it?”


5 posted on 09/07/2012 10:50:23 AM PDT by taterjay
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To: Antoninus

Say what you want about Putin—he’s a man.

you mean a cartoon


6 posted on 09/07/2012 10:50:30 AM PDT by molson209
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To: dfwgator
F-a-b-u-l-o-u-s. Heh. With only 20 Siberian cranes said to exist in the wild:

Maria Goncharova, a biology student training at a nature reserve, wrote on her social networking page that two cranes died and one damaged its beak as a result of the flight. She later removed that entry, said the flight went well, and said she would have no further comment about it.

And Masha Gessen, editor of a Russian travel magazine and author of an anti-Putin biography called "The Man Without a Face: The Unlikely Rise of Vladimir Putin," said she was fired Monday after refusing to send a reporter to cover Putin's flight.

Bread and circuses continues both here and abroad.

7 posted on 09/07/2012 10:51:44 AM PDT by Daffynition (Our forefathers would be shooting by now.)
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To: Daffynition

8 posted on 09/07/2012 10:52:37 AM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Mater tua caligas exercitus gerit ;-{)
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To: Daffynition

I stand corrected.

He does look every bit as silly as Dukakis in that tank.


9 posted on 09/07/2012 10:55:13 AM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: Antoninus; molson209
You may enjoy this slideshow of Putin's machismo......Macho Man Vladimir Putin
10 posted on 09/07/2012 10:55:44 AM PDT by Daffynition (Our forefathers would be shooting by now.)
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To: taterjay

The *bystander* is probably a SS employee holding the ladder.


11 posted on 09/07/2012 10:56:55 AM PDT by Daffynition (Our forefathers would be shooting by now.)
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To: JoeProBono

12 posted on 09/07/2012 10:58:32 AM PDT by Daffynition (Our forefathers would be shooting by now.)
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To: Buckeye McFrog
Not much difference in the Russian state controlled media and the US MSM. I see more similarities than differences.


13 posted on 09/07/2012 11:04:04 AM PDT by Daffynition (Our forefathers would be shooting by now.)
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To: Buckeye McFrog

I liked John F’n Kerry as a Tellatubby.


14 posted on 09/07/2012 11:04:33 AM PDT by TurboZamboni (Looting the future to bribe the present)
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To: Daffynition

Putin is very good at maintaining his cult of personality, but he’s got nothing on Kim Jong Un. Now, there’s a man with power. Did you see him “looking at things” in a supermarket. It was awe-inspiring.


15 posted on 09/07/2012 11:07:05 AM PDT by Viennacon
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To: Viennacon

Your observations are spot on. *We* better get used to it...if we know what is good for us.


16 posted on 09/07/2012 11:11:01 AM PDT by Daffynition (Our forefathers would be shooting by now.)
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To: Viennacon
but he’s got nothing on Kim Jong Un. Now, there’s a man with power.

That ain't nuthin. Kim Jong Iil had 18 holes in one the first time he played golf.

17 posted on 09/07/2012 11:17:17 AM PDT by Arrowhead1952 (Psalm 14. 1. The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God. They are corrupt, . . .)
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To: JoeProBono

So Monty Pythonish. Need to finish that with a giant mouth eating Puti and the cracker.


18 posted on 09/07/2012 12:18:16 PM PDT by EQAndyBuzz (ABO 2012)
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To: Daffynition

19 posted on 09/07/2012 12:27:13 PM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Mater tua caligas exercitus gerit ;-{)
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To: JoeProBono
Putin maintains the KGB *kiss-o-death*, even with the cranes.


20 posted on 09/07/2012 12:34:19 PM PDT by Daffynition (Our forefathers would be shooting by now.)
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To: All

All things considered, this was probably the best thing that any Russian aviator has done in 2012.


21 posted on 09/07/2012 1:59:00 PM PDT by Peter ODonnell (E pluribus biden)
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To: Daffynition

Looks like a Jump the Crane moment...The French would understand.


22 posted on 09/07/2012 8:05:03 PM PDT by Pete from Shawnee Mission
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To: Pete from Shawnee Mission
...and Rahma Rahma Ding Dong.:)


23 posted on 09/07/2012 9:05:14 PM PDT by Daffynition (Our forefathers would be shooting by now.)
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