New bust casts Putin as Roman emperor

Russian president Vladimir Putin has been immortalised by his followers with this bust portraying him as a Roman emperor. Source.

SAINT PETERSBURG, Russia — A group of supporters of Russian President Vladimir Putin on Sunday presented a bust of the strongman depicting him in the heroic guise of a Roman emperor.

“We wanted to immortalize Vladimir Putin as a conqueror and statesman who returned Crimea to Russia,” said Andrei Polyakov, the head of a group of Cossacks outside the northwestern city of Saint Petersburg.

Cossacks trace their origins back to horsemen who guarded Tsarist Russia’s borders and are fiercely loyal to the Kremlin…