Friday, September 27, 2013

This week, Bill Clinton had some words of praise for Vladimir Vladimirovich. Well, he isn't the only prominent Westerner who has a compliment--or observation--or two about him:

Vladimir Putin, Through Western Eyes (Photo Essay) | News | The Moscow Times
Tony Blair: One thing happened which I often recalled to myself in future years. Vladimir and I walked through the beautiful corridors of the magnificent 19th-century building. In a similar situation in the U.K., I would have been greeting people, shaking hands, engaging and being engaged; with Vladimir I noticed people fell back as he approached, not in fear or anything; but a little in awe and with reverence. It was a tsar-like moment and I thought: Hmm, their politics really isn't like ours at all. (St. Petersburg, 2000) 

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Virtual museum of presidential gifts to go online | Russia Beyond The Headlines

August 28, 2013 Marina Obrazkova, RBTH
Gifts given to President Putin and Prime Minister Medvedev will be exhibited online.

A variety of gifts — from a crystal crocodile to a real elephant — have been presented at different times to the heads of the Russian state. There have been occasions when expensive Swiss watches were given as gifts, as well as a jar of jam. It will soon be possible to see all of these gifts in a virtual museum, which is being set up by the Office of the President.

The Electronic Gift Foundation (EGF) of the Government of the Russian Federation will be created in the near future. In line with the bid recently presented by the Office of the President of the Russian Federation, nearly 7.5 million rubles ($226,000) will be spent on developing the EGF.

According to the document, the EGF will consist of two parts — a system accounting for the gifts presented to top officials and souvenirs presented in the name of the Russian government.
Each gift presented to an official will have its own registration card, on which will be written its size, weight, value, origination and the date and circumstances of its receipt, reports the newspaper Moskovsky Komsomolets. The gift itself will be described and photographed in detail. Thus, it will be possible to rotate it in your hands virtually, as well as zoom in for a closer look.

More: Virtual museum of presidential gifts to go online | Russia Beyond The Headlines