He rides horses shirtless.
They said I couldn’t describe Vladimir Putin in four words or less, but I think we both know what photo came to mind just now. How many images of shirtless men riding horses do you have stored in your brain? On second thought, don’t answer that.
Regardless of your mental catalog of half-naked horseback riders, Putin’s image is no doubt the most famous. There are also the ones of him fishing, climbing out of a hot tub, and basking in the never-ending glory of being a global superpower.
That last one, however, should raise some questions.
Most of us hear the words Putin, Russia, and superpower in the same sentence