Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks during his annual end-of-year news conference in Moscow, Russia, December 17, 2015. Reuters/Maxim Zmeyev
Some of Vladimir Putin’s saltiest one liners have been turned into a book by his supporters who have sent a batch to the Kremlin touting it as the ideal holiday gift for patriotic Russian officials.
The tome, entitled “The Words that are changing the World,” is the latest expression of admiration from fans who cast the president as the savior of modern Russia and will join an array of Putin-themed merchandise from perfume to vodka.
“We had begun to notice that everything which Putin says comes to pass to one degree or another,” Anton Volodin, author of the 400-page book, which was published by a pro-Kremlin group called Network, said in a statement.
“In this book we traced his words and confirmed that idea.”
Among memorable quotes selected are Putin’s threat to “rub out” Chechen militants in the “out house”, his contested assertion that Crimea was always and remains an “inseparable” part of Russia, and a bizarre brush-off of Latvia in which he told Riga it could only expect to receive “the ears of a dead donkey” from Moscow, a Russian expression for nothing.
Blunt, barrack-room language is part of Putin’s stock in trade and helps him send signals to the state security elite which he, as a former intelligence agent, springs from.
Putin, in a quote too new to be included in the book, used that…