Since first being elected Russian president in 2000, Vladimir Putin has been called many things -- for example, Mr. President and Mr. Prime Minister. But whether you think of him as a stabilizing force in a nation emerging from a decade of chaos or a power-hungry autocrat unwillng to relinquish power, no one can deny that Vlad wears many hats. He flies planes and races cars, feeds baby moose, and serenades audiences. And he does it all with that trademark blank stare. Here, we take a look at some of the images that turned Putin from a mere ex-KGB officer cum leader-for-life into an icon.
Above, Putin adjusts his sunglasses as he watches an air show during the International Aviation and Space Show outside Moscow on Aug. 17, 2011.
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