(JustPatriots.com)- According to reports, Vladimir Putin, the president of Russia, was recently seen walking among students in Moscow while wearing high-heeled men’s shoes.
The 5′ 7″ tall Putin was spotted at a Russian Students Day public relations appearance at Vorobyovy Gory.
Although observers soon noticed that he was adding an extra inch with raised shoes, Putin and his propaganda ministers have carefully maintained his public image as President.
Since assuming the presidency in 1999, President Putin has taken great care to manage his reputation.
According to British reporting, a Kremlin insider claimed no one was allowed to appear taller than the president in official photographs. According to the source, Putin’s bodyguards are always smaller than him in order to give the impression that he is a tall person.
TheModestMan.com claims that shorter men tend to purchase shoes with thick soles because they believe this to be a simple way to gain one or two inches in height. But this may not always be the best course of action.
The website advises wearing boots instead of elevator shoes and inserts if one wants to appear a little taller.
According to a report, American historian Timothy Snyder stated that during Vladimir Putin’s rise in the late 1990s, Stierlitz, a famous national hero akin to a Russian James Bond, was seen as the closest match in public polling.
Since then, Putin has worked hard to maintain his macho image, appearing in photos riding horses and carrying rifles topless.
A British tabloid reports that Russia has taken care to censor unfavorable depictions of the President. Russian attorneys once considered suing Warner Bros. for alleged similarities between Putin and Dobby the Elf from Harry Potter.
The Russian President also outlawed the circulation of memes depicting him as a gay clown in 2017. Social media users who are caught may be subject to a fine of $50 or 15 days in jail.
More than 4,000 images, including those depicting Putin as a Nazi and having anti-Semitic and racist content, have been banned by the Russian justice ministry.