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A sexy calendar for Russian PM Putin

Last updated on: October 9, 2010 09:31 IST
Students from a Moscow university have made a racy calendar asserting their love for Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, who turned 58 on Thursday.

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A sexy calendar for Russian PM Putin

Last updated on: October 9, 2010 09:31 IST
The calendar, called 'Vladimir Vladimirovich, We love you. Happy Birthday Mr Putin', features 12 women wearing only underwear and pouting at the camera.

A sexy calendar for Russian PM Putin

Last updated on: October 9, 2010 09:31 IST
The Russian women are all named as journalism students at the Moscow State University.

According to sources, the spokeswoman for the faculty has confirmed that the models study there.

A sexy calendar for Russian PM Putin

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Clad in a black lace negligee, Miss March, Lena Gornostayeva, wishes Putin a happy birthday with the message: "You put out the forest fires, but I'm still burning."

A sexy calendar for Russian PM Putin

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"How about a third time?" asked Miss February -- hinting provocatively at a possible third presidential term for Putin.

He is eligible to run again in 2012.

 

A sexy calendar for Russian PM Putin

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One of the creators of the calendar, Maxim Perlin, 22, a producer at an internet television channel, said that he put it together with a publisher, Vladimir Tabak.

A sexy calendar for Russian PM Putin

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The models posed for free claiming the calendar had an empowering message.

A sexy calendar for Russian PM Putin

Last updated on: October 9, 2010 09:31 IST
"The idea of the calendar was to show girls who are not simply models who turn up for 100 dollars, but girls who have some political opinion, who have already achieved some success," the Telegraph quoted Perlin as saying.

A sexy calendar for Russian PM Putin

Last updated on: October 9, 2010 09:31 IST
Asked why the models were in underwear, Perlin said: "In my opinion it's more beautiful and more interesting."

A sexy calendar for Russian PM Putin

Last updated on: October 9, 2010 09:31 IST
Journalism faculty spokeswoman Larisa Bakulina slammed the calendar as a "work of erotic tastelessness." 

"We are not happy that they used the brand of the journalism faculty," she said. "It is tactless on the part of the publishers." 

A sexy calendar for Russian PM Putin

Last updated on: October 9, 2010 09:31 IST
Fifty thousand copies of the calendar went on sale on Wednesday at Auchan hypermarkets.

On Thursday, a stack of the calendars, costing 260 rubles each (about Rs 385) was on sale at a hypermarket on Leninsky Prospekt in southern Moscow.

A sexy calendar for Russian PM Putin

Last updated on: October 9, 2010 09:31 IST

Polls have indicated Putin's popularity among Russians.

He has been filmed riding bare-chested through the mountains, swimming in a Siberian river and sitting at the controls of a fire-fighting helicopter.