The Cold War has given place to the Social Media War. According to the Torygraph, the Russian deputy prime minister has started a pissing contest between Putin and Obama:
In a strange display of one upmanship, deputy prime minister Dmitry Rogozin posted a picture on his Twitter account of President Vladimir Putin petting a leopard next to one of Mr Obama holding a fluffy poodle, with the caption “we have different values and allies.”
The post, which was meant as a dig at the US President’s unequal manly status, was retweeted more than 600 times in two hours.
Here’s the Tw**t by Rogozon
The photo of the Russian head of state was taken during the run-up to the Sochi Winter Olympics last year, when Mr Putin visited endangered Persian leopards, while the Obama photo was reportedly taken while he was running for the Senate.
In an earlier tweet, Mr Rogozin posted a Youtube video about his country’s military might – a short history of the Russian-made Ural tank.
Putin clearly has masculinity issues, what with wrestling bears, riding bare-chested on a stallion, and other such stunts. But he’s still a thug, and he’s ruining his country: a country that once had a chance to become an enlightened democracy.