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Friday, February 23, 2018

Chimes, ice cream, Primus: gifts from Putin

On Thursday at the opening of the meeting with business circles in the Kremlin, the President gave the head of VTB Andrey Kostin on the 61st birthday of the watches that Putin himself called “chimes”. Wrist watch is one of the most popular gifts of the guarantor of the Constitution, he had not once presented them as officials and ordinary people. The art of gift giving by leaders is one of the most important and ancient elements of diplomacy. With the help of gift can Express the relationship to the person and transmit the encrypted message. Therefore, the President is not limited to banal hours, and often gives others a meaningful gift, the meaning of which is sometimes understandable only to initiates. We have compiled the TOP 10 most unusual gifts Putin.

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Works. On the 54th anniversary of the Minister of Finance Anton Siluanov has received from the President the collected works of Minister of Finance of Imperial Russia Sergei Witte.

On the way to school. On the anniversary of the leader of the Communist party Gennady Zyuganov, Putin gave the figure of Chapaev on his horse.

Ice cream. At a bilateral meeting at the G20 summit in China the President gave a gift to his Chinese counterpart, the Russian ice cream box. Shortly before that, at the economic forum in Vladivostok, Chinese businessmen said that their leader loves Russian ice cream.

Primus. The late Yevgeny Primakov, who was considered the master of Russian politics, on its 85th anniversary received from the hands of Putin Primus 1980-ies with the words “Record 1”. In this gift the message was clear, among close friends for Primakov has a nickname Primus.

The Kalashnikov. Two years ago during a visit to Egypt, Putin presented the President of the country’s most common small arms in the world — the Kalashnikov assault rifle. On the eve of the meeting the President of Egypt managed to overthrow the terrorist organization “Muslim brotherhood” (banned in Russia), seized power.

The Icon Of The Mother Of God. In 2013, Russia’s President gave Pope Francis an icon of the Mother of God, which is equally revered as the Orthodox and Catholics.

Lithography. Four years ago, German Chancellor Angela Merkel was lucky to get out of the hands of the Russian President is a lithograph dedicated to the signing of the Russian-German trade agreement in 1894.

The Siberian cat. In 2013, the head of the Akita Prefecture in Japan Norihisa Satake of the President gave the Siberian cat, which the Governor subsequently called the World.

The Blade Of Bolivar. Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro Putin gave a copy of the sword of Simon Bolivar, legendary liberator of Latin American countries from the government of the metropolis. The uniqueness of the blade that it is the only such copy located outside of Venezuela. The implication of the gift is also clear: the country in our day have to confront in the international arena more influential States.

The picture is “In the shop”. A year ago Putin at a state Council Presidium meeting in Kerch on the occasion of the birthday presented to Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev picture “In the workshop” Nikolai Ovchinnikov. The President explained that the plot “is fully consistent with what Mr Medvedev does”.


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