Russia's Prime Minister Vladimir Putin rides a horse in southern Siberia's Tuva region, on August 3, 2009. (Reuters/RIA Novosti/Alexei Druzhinin)

Russia's Prime Minister Vladimir Putin rides a horse in southern Siberia's Tuva region, on August 3, 2009. (Reuters/RIA Novosti/Alexei Druzhinin)

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Shirtless Vladimir Putin visits Donald Trump for Christmas on ‘SNL’

Shirtless Vladimir Putin visits Donald Trump for Christmas on ‘SNL’

Jon Stewart: Fox News Pundits Are Putin-Obsessed | That flapping sound you hear is conservative pundits wanking themselves dry over Putin's shirtless Tiger-shooting masculinity.

Jon Stewart: Fox News Pundits Are Putin-Obsessed | That flapping sound you hear is conservative pundits wanking themselves dry over Putin's shirtless Tiger-shooting masculinity.

Beck Bennett brought his shirtless Putin impression to 'Saturday Night Live.'

Beck Bennett brought his shirtless Putin impression to 'Saturday Night Live.'

I was a fan of this Putin look and got it as an option.  The guys were set on Putin shirtless--which works really well in the context of the video.

I was a fan of this Putin look and got it as an option. The guys were set on Putin shirtless--which works really well in the context of the video.

Cult personality:  Well, not quite a cult. But don’t underestimate how much damage 10 years of Yeltsin, his antics, ailments and slurring on television, did to Russians and their view of themselves. Putin has given them something much more in keeping with the macho spirit of the Russian muzhik: a horse-riding, bare-chested, tiger-wrestling, clean living, straight-talking action man.

Cult personality: Well, not quite a cult. But don’t underestimate how much damage 10 years of Yeltsin, his antics, ailments and slurring on television, did to Russians and their view of themselves. Putin has given them something much more in keeping with the macho spirit of the Russian muzhik: a horse-riding, bare-chested, tiger-wrestling, clean living, straight-talking action man.

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On 'SNL,' Comedian Aziz Ansari Aims To Quell Some American Angst That Shirtless Putin Can't : The Two-Way : NPR

On 'SNL,' Comedian Aziz Ansari Aims To Quell Some American Angst That Shirtless Putin Can't : The Two-Way : NPR

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