OK, don't answer that. But it is interesting to see how many pundits are trying to crack into the soul of Putin's Russia during the two weeks of the Winter Games in Sochi.
Today, The Daily Beast wrote, "Now, the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics have put Vladimir Putin at the center of the global stage. He has come under great fire from the West for his assault on the free press and dissent, his support for a who’s-who list of oppressive world leaders, and his backing of anti-gay laws. Many have noted that these Olympics are “Putin’s Olympics,” with Putin himself significantly, personally more associated with the Games than host nation leaders of the past. But what, exactly, is the point of all of this bizarre effort to build Brand Putin? What exactly does Putin want his nation—and the world—to think of him?"
The Beast references this, but it's still worth mentioning. What other world leader would so frequently be photographed in the press in some manner of undress?
-- Phillip Tutor