And if you’ll believe the Russian President just “found” an ancient amphora after descending to the sea bed in a Bond-style miniature submarine, you may also buy into new conspiracy theories that Mr Putin is in fact immortal.
A recent “truth revealed” by the Disclose.tv website puts images of the surprisingly youthful-looking 63-year-old alongside photos of other men purporting to be from 1920 and 1941 respectively – inviting the reader to compare the three.
The concept that Mr Putin is immortal “and the internet has proof” has itself been around for a while. For most, it is a bit of fun.
For some, the “mythism” surrounding the Russian President is actively propagated by public figures in the Moscow – the conspiracy behind the conspiracy, as it were.
And in a more sobering assessment of recent developments, the FT’s Courtney Weaver thinks Mr Putin offers a glimpse into the future for the US – if it elects Donald Trump as president.
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