From the likes of Nicolas Sarkozy and Silvio Berlusconi you might get the impression that admiring beautiful women is something of a prerequisite for a European head of state. But there’s at least one leader who remains unfazed when faced with incontestable beauty. Take Vladimir Putin who was interviewed by international supermodel-cum-hardhitting political journalist Naomi Campbell recently.
In a feature for British GQ, Russia’s Prime Minister discusses many important world issues including his preference for the butterfly stroke, love of tigers, bare-knuckle fighting, Moscow State University students producing an erotic calendar for him, and, erm, attending a bikers festival in Ukraine:
Campbell: In the summer you were photographed on a Harley-Davidson at a bikers festival in Ukraine. How were you received by the bikers, the Night Wolves?
Putin: Well, these are really cool guys, really tough guys. One of them was a really courageous person who travelled a few thousand kilometers on a two-wheeler bike. He’s a handicapped guy with only one leg — he lost it somewhere in Yugoslavia during the war. I’m not the tough guy, those guys are.
Chechnya, it seems, was off the agenda…