What stands between Putin and the people is his adulthood


Above: Putin as a boy. Below: a rag doll of Putin used in the Maslenica ritual during an eco-protest in Russia, later burnt. The writing says: “I don´t give a fuck about you”.

There is little new and special about Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin. One leader in a long and eternal line of Russian despots. The power and society structures and hierarchies in this part of the world reveal many complexities. Russia is too big for them to be listed here. However, for those curious readers, the term “Russian soul” betrays the definitive, strictly irrational idealism which forms the thick moral undercoat of this Eurasian state.

It is said that Putin was not a high achiever at the early stages of school, he was too rowdy. He grew up inspired by the revolutionary grass–roots intelligence officers of Soviet cinema. He practised and excelled at judo. He eventually distinguished himself academically and as a leader at the Leningrad University and afterwards, in the ranks of the KGB. The boy who looks at us with calf–like eyes, the child who seems as if he has just been slapped in the face, turned out to be proclaimed as the most powerful man on the Planet. Alongside this, Putin became a little girl–like puppet to be despised, laughed at and then burnt in the snowy field of his Russia, as seen here.

One person´s great power and the subsequent fear, by the people, breeds mockery. Hence the many subversive cartoons featuring Putin in frivolous ways, many of them depicting him as a child. There is an obvious dissonance between the innocence of childhood and the chicanery of a world leader. Childhood implies a fragility which makes it possible to take hold of the otherwise omnipotent man. Such depictions make the object loveable. What stands between Putin and the people is his adulthood.