Cultural Revolutions

A Front Man

Vladimir Putin's one-year anniversary as president of Russia was marked by a Soviet-style celebration. "We are back to pretending again," my Russian friend commented as we watched the stage-managed antics of several thousand young people, all of them wearing T-shirts bearing the likeness of Vladimir Putin, converging on Vasilevsky Spusk on May 7.

Denis Petrov

Denis Petrov is a Moscow-based journalist.

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