Streetwise Professor

June 19, 2011

I’m Sure She’s a Natural Talent

Filed under: Politics,Russia — The Professor @ 6:56 pm

Vladimir Putin has hired a new personal photographer:

‘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.

I wonder what the rhythmic gymnast thinks?

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  1. This is why Moscow will always be a much better looking city than D.C. can ever hope to be. Survival of the prettiest indeed!

    Comment by Mr. X — June 19, 2011 @ 7:56 pm

  2. P.S. Was that Yana or her big sister in the music video with Ceelo Green “Bright Lights, Bigger City”?

    Comment by Mr. X — June 19, 2011 @ 8:00 pm

  3. The trouble with Moscow is that it’s Russia capital of everything. It may be OK for France and England, but not Russia.

    Comment by So? — June 19, 2011 @ 10:42 pm

  4. Check her shot for the prime minister and judge her for that only

    Comment by Balqis De Cesare — June 20, 2011 @ 12:08 am

  5. Balqis De Cesare: Are you out of your mind? She is TOTALLY UNQUALIFIED to hold this position, and has been hired for only one obvious reason. This is corruption of the first order, and a horrible example to set for the country.

    Then again, of course, Putin himself was totally unqualified to become prime minister the FIRST time he had the job, much less president, so it should surprise nobody.

    Comment by La Russophobe — June 20, 2011 @ 7:05 am

  6. I see you driving round town
    Taking pictures of cats and I’m like
    Hire You!
    Oo oo ooo
    I guess the change in my pocket
    Is more than enough, I’m like
    Hire You
    And fire my wife
    I said, if I was poorer, I wouldn’t be with you
    Ha Now ain’t that the truth (Ain’t that the truth)
    And although there’s not a hair on my chest
    I still like your shots the best, with a
    Hire you
    Oo oo ooo
    Now ya know, I had to chisel
    Thieve and steal and lie and cheat
    So I will keep ya and I will please ya
    Cause your kitty cat shots just don’t come cheap
    I pity the fool that says his chest ain’t got no hair
    (he’ll meet the grave digger yes the grave digger)

    Comment by pahoben — June 20, 2011 @ 7:56 am

  7. Just try to convince me it is not an absurd, schizophrenic country. Idiots!

    Comment by voroBey — June 20, 2011 @ 9:40 am

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