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Putin Airlines: Something Special In the Air

Oct. 27 2008, Published 7:07 a.m. ET

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KING IN THE CASTLE Putin's throne No one ever said Vladimir Putin didn't roll in style. Or fly for that matter. A recent New Yorker "Letter From Moscow" portrayed the Russian president as a lethal threat to enemies and press critics, but as the following photos (gleaned from a Russian language blog) attest, he has a soft side. A soft, buttery, leather side to judge from his pimped out personal jet.

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The pictures first came to our attention via the data-miners at boing boing, but dispatched our own Ruso-Lux expert to translate some of the comments.

"Russian taxpayers can sleep tight," one commenter says. "Their money's in good hands." Another calls Putin a "Russky Tsar."

"It's Russian Style personified—lots of gold, frills, pathos, and a tiny little bit of taste," someone says, comparing it to President Bush's subdued Air Force One decor.

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One Russian joker suggests "you board this plane, open your laptop, make sure your neighbors are watching, and open this link." (What comes up is a fake bomb detonator clock.)

One reader, who must've watched a few too many episodes of MTV's Pimp My Ride, asks, "I wonder if the outside of the plane is diamond-incrusted ... Perhaps the landing gear's golden too. And windows are 90 percent tinted glass."

Another asks, "Why the hell are the seats so thick?"

The answer: "Because the people sitting in them are even thicker."




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