A man who erringly resembles Russian President Vladimir Putin was photographed riding a subway in Moscow. The image has circulated in Russian social networking sites and is now a favorite topic online.
The man, who looked almost exactly look like Putin was seen sitting on a train bench wearing an ordinary striped jacket. Immediately after the photo was posted online, the unidentified man became an instant online celebrity in Russia. It even went viral as many Russians can easily recognize the resemblance of the man to the Russian leader.
According to an article from the Daily Mail, the picture of the man photographed in Moscow’s underground train was posted in Russian social networking site Vkontakte. The subway passenger, who saw Putin’s doppelganger, posted the image he took using his smartphone in the site’s Brighton Page.
While some netizens have expressed their amazement in seeing a man who looked exactly their president, some people also commented ill messages, which they couldn’t utter to the Russian leader.
“I don’t know why people haven’t started beating him up for looking like Putin,” an unnamed netizen commented on the photo.
There were also rumors that the man was actually their president who decided to commute to work that day.
The Mail reported that while Putin has been photographed in a candid situation, he wasn’t seen riding a public transport, much more an underground train.
It wasn’t clear, as of this writing, if the man photographed in the subway, was not Putin.
“Simply the Russian President. He is simply on his way to work,” a Vkontakte user named Vladimir Kozlov commented. Another user named Russkiy Andrey added “Poor man, he must have been suffering throughout his life with that face,” as reported by the Sun.
Putin has Russia’s president since 2012. Before his current reign as president, he served eight years as the Russian president between 2000 and 2008. Before which, he served one year as Prime Minister from 1999 to 2000. From 2008 to 2012, he returned as Prime Minister of Russia before being elected to his current post.
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