Russian deputy PM mocks Obama's masculinity
Days after the announcement of US and EU sanctions, Russia's Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin tweets a picture mocking Barack Obama's manliness.PT0M0S 620 349
One Russian leader has made it very clear what the Kremlin thinks of the US in a tweet mocking their president’s masculinity.
In a strange display of one upmanship, deputy prime minister Dmitry Rogozin posted a picture on his Twitter account of President Vladimir Putin petting a leopard next to one of Mr Obama holding a fluffy poodle, with the caption “we have different values and allies.”
The post, which was meant as a dig at the US President’s unequal manly status, was retweeted more than 600 times in two hours.
Animal logic: Russia Deputy PM Rogozin tweeted an image of Vladimir Putin with a leopard and Barack Obama with a poodle. Photo: Supplied
У нас разные ценности и союзники pic.twitter.com/WCH98Zxutu— Dmitry Rogozin (@Rogozin) July 31, 2014
The photo of the Russian head of state was taken during the run-up to the Sochi Winter Olympics last year, when Mr Putin visited endangered Persian leopards, while the Obama photo was reportedly taken while he was running for the Senate.
In an earlier tweet, Mr Rogozin posted a YouTube video about his country’s military might - a short history of the Russian-made Ural tank.
ТАНКИ.УРАЛЬСКИЙ ХАРАКТЕР часть 2: http://t.co/uUZfmoXScM— Dmitry Rogozin (@Rogozin) July 30, 2014
Mr Putin has for many years tried to cultivate a manly image, and has previously released photographs showing him hang-gliding with migratory birds, handling polar bears and posing topless on horseback.
The post comes days after the EU and the US announced further economic sanctions against Russia over its support of rebels in eastern Ukraine, who Western governments believe were behind the downing of the Malaysia Airlines jet.