‘Miss Moscow’ contender Yana Lapikova focuses on Putin post
Russians are used to seeing photographs of their Prime Minister’s daredevil exploits in the news – but now it is the person holding the camera that is raising eyebrows, as it has been revealed that Vladimir Putin has hired a former model as his personal photographer.
Yana Lapikova – who has already started work following Mr Putin on his busy schedule of meetings, events and travel around Russia’s regions – is a former Miss Moscow contestant.
Ms Lapikova, 25, who has posed in her underwear for fashion magazines, may be able to give Mr Putin advice on how best to undress for the camera. He has posed topless for the cameras when riding horses and swimming in Siberia.
Sultry black-and-white shots posted online feature Mr Putin’s new photographer puffing seductively on a cigarette, while a full-colour photograph shows Ms Lapikova blindfolded and holding a candle aloft.
“Focus[ing] on Putin post.” I’ll bet! Who writes that stuff?
The Telegraph offers more detail, including the fact that Ms. Lapikova’s oeuvre tends towards photographs of . . . uhm . . . kitties. Putin’s spokesman gave away the whole charade with this couldn’t-be-lamer justification of the hiring:
Defending the latest addition to the team, Dmitry Peskov, Mr Putin’s press secretary, said the press service had been looking for a new photographer for some time because the others were too busy covering events attended by Mr Putin’s deputies. He insisted that the selection was entirely down to professional merit.
Er, if the regular photogs were busy snapping the assistant deputy agriculture minister cutting the ribbon at a manure processing plant, why not bring them back to photograph Putin, and letting Ms. Kitty prove her chops while wearing waders?
That question was completely rhetorical.