It’s the Cult of Putin, tacky nightclub edition: A press-minister-themed party replete with glitter-smothered mugs and jugs of patriots! Oh, look! It’s the University students from the Happy-Birthday-Putin-I-Want-You-Sexually pin-up calendar from last year, intermixing with hired strippers.
Despite the authorities’ warnings against using Putin’s name for promotion, the club threw the party anyway. There was dancing under “Without Vova… We’re *ucked!” posters and posing with Putin-as-Bond cut-outs. Those other calendar girls with their spoilsport facts and government corruption complaints were nowhere to be seen. (Photos: Ilya Varlamov)