Vladimir Putin was named by Forbes as the most powerful man in the world in 2014. Now, his moves against the ISIS placed him in a pedestal among the Iraqis. He is their “Hajji Putin,” a savior, according to AFP. The region is now inflicted with what could only be called as “Putinmania.”
With his global popularity reaching far and wide, it truly is one blast of a birthday for Mr. Putin.
He was born in Oct. 7, 1952. Greetings from foreign leaders around the world started his birthday celebration on Wednesday. According to his office, President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko, President of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev, President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev and President of Armenia Serzh Sargsyan greeted Mr. Putin personally via a telephone call.
He also held a video conference early in the day with his Defense Minister. The highlight of the call was a report saying that high-precision weapons, targeting the ISIS in Syria, were launched successfully from the Caspian Sea.
Mr. Putin then went out and played with Russia’s NHL Stars team of ice hockey veterans in a gala match against the current NHL team. The game held at Sochi’s Big Ice Arena marked the opening of the Night Hockey League’s fifth season. Mr. Putin was in a very celebratory mood. In his opening remark, he addressed everyone as “Friends!”
“Friends! Today, we are opening the Night Hockey League’s fifth anniversary season. I congratulate you all on this event. Thanks to the efforts of hockey stars from the Soviet and Russian periods, this project has been a success. Thank you friends, for your contribution to developing the Night Hockey League,” the Russian president said.
Ahead of his birthday, Kremlin rapper Timati released a music video dedicated to the president. The title of the rap song was “Best Friend.”
“My best friend is President Putin,” the chorus goes. Watch the video here.