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Photos: championat.com

Sometimes, words can say only so much. In the photos above and below, Russian President Vladimir Putin and Russian captain Alex Ovechkin celebrate together in the locker room after the Ruskies won the 2014 World Championship on Sunday.

They are total bros. Let’s just enjoy the moment.

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Am I the only guy who feels weird seeing these photos?

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  • Eddie

    No, I don’t think you’re the only guy who feels weird looking at this stuff. I think it’s more the formality of Putin’s office that clashes with the “CHUG IT!” looks on everyone’s faces. I mean, can you imagine Gorbachev doing this?

  • Brouwer Rangers

    Nobody tell Putin that sharing the same drinking cup is basically like kissing every person who drank out of it before you.

  • nasty nolz

    even Ukranians like these party shots

  • Matryoshka

    My little american humsters. You should stop trying to analyze our russian mentality, our president and our actions when it comes to our land (Crimea). We know that Putin isn’t that great, but for me personally it has become easier to respect him when I see another post like this from people who know nothing about situation in Ukraine. I repeat: you talk to much sh*t about thing you don’t really know. Write more about sports and less about politics.

  • dcv

    If Putin shows up in OviMaria’s wedding pictures, that’s going to ruin that whole thing for me too, especially if they have their wedding at one of those famous Crimean resorts.

  • Todd N

    Meowww!

  • Igor Kleyner

    To nobody’s surprise, the Great Leader is celebrating with Veuve Clicquot, rather than Новый Свет – in spite of all the “Крым Наш” horseshit

  • Matryoshka

    А что плохого в том, что Крым снова в составе России? И почему нельзя сыграть на этой теме со всеми этими «Крым наш» horseshit?

  • http://www.russianmachineneverbreaks.com Ian Oland

    ..

  • Graham Dumas

    Put a dollar on a fishhook in there and you’ve got yourself a furry Nirvana album cover.

  • Igor Kleyner

    Кончно сыграть можно – и на этой теме, и на любой другой. Вот они и играют вами. QED

  • BPThomas

    It may be true that I don’t know about Russian politics, but I know enough about Putins homophobic policies that I can dislike and disapprove of him on that knowledge alone. Thanks anyway.

  • BPThomas

    Need to photoshop a flag in there. he’s a ‘MURICAN hamster!

  • Mosie Ledbetter

    I didn’t recognize Putin with a shirt on…

  • Karen

    You know there are about 5 pics with a shirtless Putin and they were taken yrs ago. .yet you guys can’t stop talking about them…I am sure if you ask nicely he might give you a new one. …just like obama no matter what he is taking about or to whom he is talking Putin comes in. ..get over it already. ..Putin intimidates you men so badly…
    Oh I’d there something wrong with a president celebrating with a team?? I know obama has to have the sport explained to him. ..

  • Karen

    You should be very proud of Putin. .he cares about the people that elected him. ..as an American I am ashamed of obams & ashamed that so few americans know anything about Crimea, Ukraine or Russia and yet belive the anti Putin propaganda put out by this govt..
    .I totally agree with you. …be prepared for the name calling..we would trade but who wants onama…

  • Matryoshka

    Дорогой мой друг. Я не хочу читать тебе лекцию по истории России. С именем «Игорь», полагаю, ты о ней наслышан. И объяснять тебе какую Роль сыграл в русской истории Крым я тоже не буду.

    Я просто пожалею тебя немного за то, что ты, свободный американский человек с русским именем, к сожалению, утратил возможность мыслить рационально и самостоятельно. Информационная война — не повод вешать ярлыки на незнакомых людей и уж точно не повод полностью поддерживать только одну сторону.

  • Stevarooni

    Hopefully all these Putin photo ops will finally inspire a presidential visitation during a Caps game. Bring the whole dysfunctional family: Boehner, McConnell, Biden. There are some good family packages out there sometimes.

  • Karen

    you prove matryoshka point. .there is no homophobic Putin policy..have you read the law?? No of course not. ..so you believe what you hear you don’t find out for yourself…you do know that obama was against gay marriage when he ran in 2008 , right?? So you judge a man on a policy you don’t even understand??….

  • Matryoshka

    You are free to dislike him. But don’t you have other important stuff to do? He lives in Russia. It’s a thousand miles away from you.

    If you are scared about how bad we russians are with gay people — I’m begging you — come to Russia, dress like a gay and have a walk. And maybe then you will understand that nobody cares actually. Yeah, there are some videos in youtube with russian rednecks vs. gays, but, c’mon — everybody in USA love gays? I’ve heared that they aren’t welcome in Texas, for example.

    We don’t have any law that says “gay people in russia are forbidden” or smth like that.

  • Matryoshka

    It’s not a question of propaganda inside any country. It’s a question of “will this man go to wikipedia and learn something new about this “ukranian” state or not”. But thanks anyways.

  • Batman

    Bless you.

  • Igor Kleyner

    Во красотища то! Приходит этакое, подписывается “Матрёшка”, и начинает мне рассказывать про моё имя и что я с ним должен знать и чего я не знаю… Ярлыки не надо вешать говоришь??!! Ага, а это что? “My little american humsters”…”people who know nothing about situation in Ukraine”… “you talk to much sh*t about thing you don’t really know” … Пожалеешь ты меня? Себя лучше пожалей, знаток великой истории всея Руси. Пост ни разу ничего про Крым не упомянул, а ты сразу же флаг имперский в руки и грудью на амбразуру – защищать матушку державу. А если тебе не кажется что “президент” немедленно бросается в раздевалку праздновать с командой как будто он только что победный гол забил – тогда лучше сам себя пожалей.

  • Shaun Phillips

    You do realize Russia saying Crimea and/or Eastern Ukraine is your land is like Mexico saying Texas is theirs or Russia saying Alaska is theirs due to cultural affiliation or historical ties. Its absolutely absurd. Also, I didn’t see anything regarding politics in the article. Just sports.

  • Fred Merc

    Lighten up Francis. You keep this up and you will die alone, surrounded by feasting cats.

  • BlueGreen

    I bet 10 rubles that “Karen” works for Directorate S.

  • Shaun Phillips

    And Obama changed his stance as more information was made available to him, like a rational human being. Maybe you should stay out of our politics too. Btw, I didn’t look it up on wikipedia, but I do trust international rulings by official bodies (European Court of Human Rights, Alekseyev vs Russia) rather than Russian trolls on a American hockey blog.

  • Matryoshka

    Я делаю общие выводы по новостному фону из Штатов, и, в частности, по таким постам как этот. Не нужно из себя маленькую глупенькую девочку изображать и делать вид, что ты не знаешь, причем тут Крым. Сейчас все, что касается Путина идет со знаменателем «Украина».

    По поводу людей, которые мало что понимают в этом вопросе и про то, что слишком много необоснованной чуши вокруг — это факт. Мне смешно читать новоявленных американских «экспертов», которые после «геноцида геев» взялись за «аннексию Крыма» и «войну против свободной Украины».

    По поводу того, что Путин в раздевалке затесался — ну понятно все с ним, рейтинг себе зарабатывает, патриотичный лидер. Мне плевать на него, я уже сказал. Просто невольно ловлю себя на мысли, что с увеличивающимся количеством американских «экспертов» все больше людей становятся на его сторону. Скоро ведь он на этом фоне действительно корону наденет, официально.

    Я еще раз повторяю — мне плевать на Путина, на Навального, на геев и на гомофобов. Я аполитичен. Но создавать вокруг своей страны ложный и хуевый образ я не позволяю. Тем более людям, которую русскую культуру изучают по медведям и водке.

  • Shaun Phillips

    Ditto with “Matryoshka” prolly the same person.

  • Matryoshka

    Ах да, меня Михаил зовут.

  • Shaun Phillips

    Russian troll/agent

  • Matryoshka

    You want to teach me some Russian History? That’s funny. Russian Christianity started in Crimea. Due to many wars we lost there more than 0.7 mln russian people. Our Czars had their residents in Crimea for a centuries. Crimea was gifted to Ukraine by Khrushchev just because he wanted to do so and he was, I hope you know, a crazy asshole. And don’t forget that it’s actually wasn’t legal because it was in borders of one country — USSR. And the most important — there are no ukrainians at all. 5-8% max. Now go watch another CNN’s “Gudie to Russian History” and tell me more about what absurd is.

    Comparing Crimea to Texas or Alaska is absurd, mate.

    P.S. Ask yourself — if Russia stole Crimea from Ukraine — why there are no any demonstrations at all? People should defend themselves from this drunk russian bear.

  • Shaun Phillips

    New photoshop contest!

  • Fred Merc

    I kind of agree that we don’t need to get into politics here.
    A president celebrating with his countries team should be just that.

    (But I stand by my joke about the guy ignoring Putin…) ;)

  • Igor Kleyner

    Этот пост Иан написал. Ему Крым, геополитика, и прочие “злободневные” темы – до лампочки, честное слово. А то что тебе во всём мерещится Крым, так это не удивительно – на воре, как известно, и шапка горит. А всё остальное в твоем комментарии – про “новостной фон из штатов”, “новоявленных американских экспертов”, “не позволю создавать образ” – это, извините, бред сивой кобылы в новогоднюю ночь. Как будто смотрим уконтропупленную программу Время тридцатипятилетней выдержки.

  • Fred Merc

    Cute little fella.
    Rather…. ahem…. endowed as well.
    This is going the wrong direction…. With politics, Putin jokes, gay talk and endowed hamsters that are supposed to be Igor.

  • Igor Kleyner

    Politics this is not. Given the propagandist shrill in the country to turn inward and away from decadent West, I find the choice of celebratory beverage somewhat hypocritical, and certainly worthy a few dozens of keystrokes.

  • Shaun Phillips

    Actually I knew several of those bits of history already (not as uninformed as you think). And Russia’s history has been full of crazy assholes as leaders, just like many countries in the world. Your Czars had places there because it was a beautiful vacation spot and they were a monarchy (“Good to be the king”). Think they’d put their summer home in Siberia?? In the meantime, the regular people were starving, which led to the communist revolution, which led to the USSR and Khrushchev giving Crimea away. Funny how that worked…

    So which is it: “no Ukrainians” or 5-8%, they’re not the same.

    No it’s not absurd. It was part of a country (who cares how it got there) and, under threat of force, was annexed by another. That’s like saying Germany had every right to take the Sudetenland prior to WWII. Unfortunately, the rest of the world stood by and let this one happen too.

    And as to why there’s been no protests, it’s pretty clear that there’s a major Russian government/security forces influence in Crimea, just like in Eastern Ukraine. I know I’d be worried about protesting if there was a high % of me “disappearing”.

    I’m not your mate.

  • Fred Merc

    Sounds fair.

    My concern was less with your comments and more with the door being opened for people whose knowledge of a very complex situation is limited to 15 second sound bites of propaganda.

  • Shaun Phillips

    But we don’t actively legislate against free speech or self-expression. In the rare cases where a law is passed that prohibits these, it generally doesn’t last long before it’s struck down by a court.

  • Karen

    Which would be a surprise to my family. ..although I will admit I have no clue what you are talking about…I do think its funny though that everybody who has a positive thing to say about Russia or Putin must be a troll….can’t possibly be an American. ..too funny. .

  • Shaun Phillips

    He cares about the people who elected him and damn anyone who disagrees with him. Sounds like a great way to govern. If you’re so ashamed of being an American, go live in Russia and denounce your US citizenship.

  • Igor Kleyner

    Forget it – he is convinced that RMNB, and Ian’s post in particular, is a part of some omnipotent American disinformation machine hell-bent on destroying Russia. The logic is very simple – “you posted pictures with Putin, thus it is about Ukraine; let’s circle the wagons and fight those evil ignorant Americans with every mighty weapon we have… You are humsters!” See, very effective and convincing!

  • Karen

    You guys teally need to stop with the everybody is a russian planted here to make people in America like Putin. In case you haven’t noticed Putin has a very high approval rating in Russia and as he said when asked about the moronic comment the idiot Prince Charles said Putin said he has been called a lot during his career & he doesn’t care about that. He cares about the people that elected him. The idea that he would pay people to go on these boards is laughable…I am American born in nj..lived in Russia and was a member of Cirque de soleil….liked r
    Russia , liked Putin. ..
    I think obama is pathetic …..don’t care what you believe. ..

  • Matryoshka

    Ну хорошо хоть мудаком совковым не назвал.
    Иан написал, а люди пишут тут много говна, потому что дали повод.

    Всего доброго.

  • Matryoshka

    Do you live in Russia?

  • Karen

    Yes but now you will be accused of being part of the Russian govt…paid to sit online and get people to love Putin for what reason I don’t know. …bit they have a hard time believing Americans can admire Putin. …don’t know why everybody here hates obama. ..but yes we ate russian trolls….

  • Shaun Phillips

    What does that have to do with the price of tea in China?

  • Fred Merc

    I am getting more of a “Rushbot” vibe from Karen.
    “It is ok to hate your own country (US) as long as the other guy is in office, but as soon as a Republican is elected it is once gain unpatriotic to offer even mild criticism, and anyone not entirely happy with the government under a Republican president should pack up and leave!” type of mentality.
    With a little Western angry feminist thrown in (You men are soooo!!!!)

  • Matryoshka

    My grandmother lives in Crimea. I have been there for a hundred times. And I live in Russia. And after all, YOU will tell me facts about MY history that were written FOR you by YOUR historians? You are that type of american, that normal people can’t argue with because it’s simply impossible. “Stalin departed ukrainians from Crimea to Syberia”. My God how funny is this :D

    Yeah, you’re definitely not my mate. I prefer to communicate with intelligent people…

  • Matryoshka

    Вроде бы взрослый мужчина, а такой недалекий. Когда мне человек на полном серьезе пишет, что Сталин департировал украинцев из Крыма в Сибирь и что в Крыму нет демонстраций из-за вооруженных сил РФ — вот это я и называю — много дерьма дезинформированных хомячков.

  • Matryoshka

    And one more thing about this “easy to be the majority when you relocate ukrainians to Syberia” crap. East Ukrainians and Russians are similar if we talk about our ethnic basis. The reason why there are so many Russians in Crimea is that there always have been many Russians. When Crimea was part of Russian Empire (as well with Easter Ukraine) — eastern ukrainians were russians.

    Let me rephrase it for you in a simple way. Eastern ukrainians were russians and became ukrainians only when ukraine became independent in 91. Western ukrainians are ukrainians you are talking about, who don’t speak russian and who got many connections with Poland, but they have never been a serious part of Crimea. Their land is Western Ukraine.

  • Karen

    Really then I guess you are upset about what happened to Donald Sterling? ? That was free private speech so please tell me how you feel about that? ?..does a ratiomal human being have a right to expect s phone call to be private? ? Maybe you should stay out of your fight for free speech when I have a feeling its only free if the speech is acceptable to you. ..no worries .you won’t answer….oh I also have the right to be on any blog I want to be on…and you have the right to ignore me which I am sure you will do rather than answer that question. ..of course the only sports blog an obama fan would be on is one that insults Putin. .
    .how about you guys get over your obsession with Putin. .

  • Matryoshka

    Read my comments below.

  • Karen

    For men who hate Putin so much you all talk about him a lot…..kind of like your fearless leader obama who has a massive crush on Putin and talks about him whetever he goes….do cute…

  • Shaun Phillips

    The thing is, anyone can look up facts. And actually, I have quite a few international friends who I regularly have political, economic, and social conversations with. We don’t always agree but we keep it social and don’t restort to personal attacks.

    He forcibly removed the Tartars, Greeks, Armenians, and Bulgarians. Btw, this one is written by YOUR historians: http://www.istpravda.com.ua/articles/2012/05/17/85887/ with primary source and documentation from the soviet state. Stalin did this while WWII was still on-going to avoid global condemnation. Don’t f*** with me and history, you’ll lose every time.

  • Matryoshka

    We were talkin about “Stalin removed Ukrainians from Crimea”. Now find me a source that proves your point or stop making me laugh (let me tell you a little secret – you will never find a source like that because there have never been a ukrainian majority in Crimea). And, its Tatars, no Tartars. Tartar is a souce, history-guru.

  • Shaun Phillips

    I actually am a bit upset at what happened to Sterling in terms of the privacy aspect. I think his ex-gf should be charged with illegal wire-tapping/recording of a phone call. However, the NBA is not the government and can set their own rules to ownership. It’s the same as the boy scouts banning gay leaders/scouts; do I approve of it? No, but it’s a private organization.

    Also, I don’t have an obsession with Putin. I happen to enjoy world politics and when I see world leaders doing stupid shit (like riding horseback with his shirt off or giving creepy neck massages to other world leaders), I’ll point and make fun of them (yes, even when Obama does it; I thought his selfies were a bit ridiculous).

  • Karen

    I am not at all ashamed of being American, I am proud of it , I am ashamed that we have a little sissy in the white house who started a cold wsr because Putin showed obama to be the poser & insecure man that he is. …What has Putin done to anybody you know? ? Stop believing the propaganda…yes he cares about Russians..what is his approval rating? ?? Oh yes its all made up…have you been there?? I lived there…didn’t know anybody who disappeared or were arrested because they didn’t like everything Putin does…I don’t have to give up my citizenship the community organizer will be finished soon…….sory you don’t think people have the right to admire another president. …

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  • Matryoshka

    He doesn’t care about anybody except his friends, actually. But his recent moves made me believe that now he cares little more about our heritage and history.

  • Shaun Phillips

    It’s called a typo, my bad (just like I’m assuming you mean sauce, not souce). I said non-Russians, not Ukrainians. You remove the other populations and it becomes that much easier to get a majority of a single ethnicity. Happens in a lot of colonizations throughout history (European settling of Americas, Australia; China settling Tibet; etc).

  • Shaun Phillips

    Fred, you’re dead-on. Well-spotted!

  • Matryoshka

    Man, you are really-really cool. Unfortunately, two superpowers can’t leave in peace, it’s just life. And I’m just really happy that I found one man with brains here.

    Don’t pay attention to what politics say. They are all selfish oldmen. Obama, when he starts another “war for peace”, Putin, when he feeds his friends with budget money while our povetry isn’t reducing etc.

    But I repeat I’m really happy I found you here

  • Karen

    Really Shaun
    .why the. hostility toward anybody who doesn’t hate Putin? Everybody bashed Bush constantly people weren’t told to move to another country. .I really believe Putin embarassed obama & obama is thin skinned and won’t let it go. ..plus if we pay attention to evil Putin maybe we won’t look at the mess obama has made in this country. Obama goes to Afghanistan and talks to the troops about Putin ?? Why?? Oh ….as a 28 yr old woman…Putin v.obama…..well ..:) what can I say. …

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  • Matryoshka

    I think before Stalin removed Tatars it was something like 70% russians, 20% tatars, 5% ukrainians and 5% others. Not like it was 50/50 and then one day it became 100% russians.

    I think you might still don’t get this western/eastern ukrainians problem. It’s very complicated but if you want to read something about it you should start with collapsing of Kievan Rus’.

  • Shaun Phillips

    Sorry, I misread what you were “ashamed” of. My bad. As someone serving overseas, I get a little touchy. :) And actually, I was told several times to get out if I didn’t like Bush. Or just called unpatriotic and accused of supporting terrorists.

  • Shaun Phillips

    30% of a population is still a significant population and would’ve been a potential problem for Stalin down the road. Regardless of the historic circumstances, it was part of one country and was annexed under threat of force by another (an annexation that the rest of the world does not accept).

  • Matryoshka

    That’s what your news says.
    It wasn’t annexed.

    Due to ukrainian constitution Yanukovitch has been a president until yesterday when they elected a new one. After Yatsenyuk became a prime-minister his first move was to forbidden russian language in all states of Ukraine (including East Ukraine and Crimea). After a few thousands of people in Simferopol started their demonstrations againts this stupid law from unligitimate Rada. And only after that Putin initiate a new referendum in Crimea with help of new Crimean government (new government, of course, said that they won’t be a part of Ukraine until Maidan people are in Rada). There were russian forces. But they were friendly to anybody and thery were there just because there were a chance that western ukrainians who were on Maidan can come to Crimea.

    If you don’t believe me that these forces where friendly to crimeans you should google “Вежливые люди” and see for yourself. After that – people voted – and Crimea became part of Russia. There were a thousands on the streets in Sevastopol celebrating this date.

    Now tell me, why unlegitimate government of Ukraine (nobody chooses them, nobody fire the president) first of all got rid of russian language in country?

  • Michael

    Matryoshka, would you, please, stop this political bullshit?
    I have enough of it on russian tv :-)
    If you feel an urgent inner need to prove the case, that what Mr. Putin did to Ukraine is correct, that means, you are not 100% sure yourself. And rightfully so – acquiring 1.5mln friends (Crimea population) while getting over 30mln enemies (Ukraine population) is usually not a good deal.

  • Shaun Phillips

    I didn’t like that move repealing the minority language law. It was unnecessary and created a problem that didn’t need to be. Minority languages need protection, just as the minorities themselves do.

    The troops were intimidation. I don’t care if they were friendly or not. The implied threat is there “If you don’t do what we want, things could get ugly.” And I’m sure there was a large portion of the population who wanted this, but it’s not Russia’s place to send in troops (invading a sovereign country). If it was a UN-led force ensuring the fairness of the vote, I would have no problem with it. The fact is, it looks a bit suspect when the country with the most to gain is the one with the troops ensuring the vote.

  • Matryoshka

    It was russian troops based in Crimea. We don’t send anybody there. But it changes nothing, I agree, this troops were not necessary.

    And what do you think about illegitimate Rada?
    I mean, I haven’t watched CNN for a long time, how they prove that this government is legit while there are no words about such methods of getting rid of a president in ukrainian constitution?

  • Michael

    Товарисч. все хомячки срутся с портянками на сайте эха москвы. Здесь нормальные люди, которым интересен спорт, а не пропаганда. Вешай портрет Владим Владимировича на стенку и молись на него каждое утро, только, пожалуйста, не транслируй сюда бред из альтернативной реальности, создаваемой зомбоящиком.

  • Matryoshka

    Участвуя в таких диалогах, я узнаю много вещей, которых нет в наших СМИ. Это полезно, чтобы быть в теме.

  • Karen

    No worries…and if you are serving overseas I am proud of you & I am so very grateful to you because you truly are a man and what makes our country great…so thank you. … ( even if you are alittle confused about Putin …:) .kidding….O liked Bush ( bet that surprises you) but I won’t call names to anybody who doesn’t agree with me. ..I have lived in Russia for 5 yrs I am an acrobat & aerialist in Cirque de Soleil…I have met President Putin on many occassions he is a very bright, intetesting man…very welcoming to our troup and seems to enjoy the cirq…..I just feel he gets a bad press because he doesn’t like obama….he doesn’t speak English and my russian is the worst but he has always been fun around us & hehas seen our show a lot….ok..sorry end of sermon. God bless you and keep you safe…..

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  • Matryoshka

    Мне плевать на Путина, в сотый раз повторяю. И у меня нет возможности каждый день узнавать точку зрения американцев по этим вопросам, поэтому эти обсуждения хоть и выглядят тупыми, но я хотя бы понимаю, что людям говорят по другую сторону. Мне интересна политика, тезка.

  • rickyranger

    Such a God Father moment.

  • M3

    Easier, warrior. It’s not a political forum, let guys have their opinions.

    As I know Ian and Igor personally and being a citizen of Russia (and living there all my life) who study it’s history and current state of affairs I can declare 2 things:

    1) Ian and Igor are grown up men who are adequate and I respect them

    While they are living in US they can’t know as much about Russia as ppl who live here (as I guess they don’t specifically study it day by day). But they can have their opinions, as I said.

    2) Russian politics, Putin, Crimea and so on – is a very complex topic not for this place.

    Let it go, dude!