Erotic calendar: Putin pin-ups two fingers to Politkovskaya

Article published on Oct. 7, 2010

The Russian prime minister is 58 today. 12 female journalism students from Moscow state university have an alternative present for him: a pin-up calendar in which they post salacious short newsbites (like ‘You put out the Russian fires yourself – I’m still burning for you’). The dean has branded it ‘tasteless’; 7 October also marks the fourth anniversary of slain anti-regime humanitarian journalist Anna Politkovskaya, a fellow alumni. Russian commentators have branded it apt self-marketing for Putin