In 2016, Vladimir Putin went from sporty to sensitive; from commanding to communicative; from grizzled outdoorsman to aureate intellectual. Here are some of the most notable of Putin’s public relations acrobatics.
Moscow has accused U.S. President Barack Obama of “personal hatred” for Russia after the U.S. introduced new sanctions in light of allegations that Russian hackers interfered in the U.S. presidential election.
When asked if Trump would consider recognizing Crimea as a Russian territory, which Moscow has claimed it is, since its annexation from Ukraine in 2014, Trump reportedly responded “we would be looking at that.”
Putin-ally and Russian lawmaker Alexei Pushkov has called ex-U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton “deluded” and tipped Donald Trump as the best choice for the U.S. presidency