October 22, 2006

And You Thought Putin Was Creepy Before

The crypto-fascist Russian president had some not-so-PC things to say when recently meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert:

MOSCOW -- President Vladimir Putin made joking references to the sexual assault accusations against Israeli President Moshe Katsav during a meeting with the visiting Israeli prime minister in remarks that shocked longtime Kremlin-watchers... As Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert met with the Russian leader in an ornate reception room in the Kremlin on Wednesday, reporters overheard Putin tell him: "Say hello to your president. He really surprised us."

The microphones were then cut off, but a member of the Israeli delegation told The Associated Press that Putin went on to say of Katsav: "I met him. He didn't look like a guy who could be with 10 women."

Russia's Kommersant daily conveyed a more graphic version of the conversation, quoting Putin as saying: "He turns out to be a really powerful guy! He raped 10 women!" It also quoted Putin himself as saying "We all envy him."

Sounds like a great guy, huh? Though that whole "crushing democracy" thing is a bit more outrageous, if you ask me.

Posted by Stephen Silver at October 22, 2006 06:35 PM
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