Presidential Bromance

September 20, 2009 at 3:58 pm (Uncategorized) (, , , , , , )

Thanks to Trina from drawing my attention to a great photo-essay in this month’s Foreign Policy: Vova and Dima 4eva?

DMITRY ASTAKHOV/AFP/Getty Images

DMITRY ASTAKHOV/AFP/Getty Images

As mentioned in the article, Medvedev and Putin have a carefully executed public friendship – one that has been well captured by photographers.  However, as the title of this essay suggests with nicknames and junior high shorthand, these photos also present a level of intimacy between the prez and former prez: relaxed body language, intense eye-contact, and a general sense of ease and comfort in each other’s company.

DMITRY ASTAKHOV/AFP/Getty Images

DMITRY ASTAKHOV/AFP/Getty Images

What struck me was not the homoerotic, but rather, the domestic nature of many of these shots.  Whether walking the dog, sipping coffee on the porch, or sharing a laugh over dinner, these two Russian powerhouses have created a space in which their friendship can blossom for years to come.

DMITRY ASTAKHOV/AFP/Getty Images

DMITRY ASTAKHOV/AFP/Getty Image

For the full photo essay, click here.

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