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  • The man, the myth, the legend.

  • Vladimir Putin.

  • Most people know him as an impenetrable, and quite frankly terrifying, man.

  • To you, he's just your boss.

  • Although you've worked with the man for years, there's still so much you don't

  • know about the President of Russia.

  • You've never met his family.

  • You've never really seen him cry or express any emotions.

  • Sometimes, you wonder if he even has emotions.

  • Especially after that time he

  • Oh, never mind, that's confidential.

  • It's time to get on with business as usual.

  • You're not with him from the minute he gets up in the morning, but you do have a pretty

  • good idea of what he gets up to.

  • Before you get disappointed, no, there's no topless bear wrestling or vodka shots.

  • In many ways, Putin is suspiciously boring.

  • Most mornings he has a lie-in, finally getting out of bed at around noon.

  • Well, he needs his beauty sleephave you seen those abs?

  • He'll then tuck into a simple, nutritious breakfasthis staple ingredient is cottage

  • cheese.

  • Often, he'll opt for porridge or an omelet, possibly the most vanilla breakfast options

  • ever.

  • But what he lacks in edginess he makes up for in healthiness.

  • All his food is locally produced and freshly baked, straight from his kitchen and the land

  • nearby.

  • If you hadn't guessed it already, Putin is a pretty picky eater.

  • Combined with his general paranoia, it makes for a nightmare scenario whenever he goes

  • abroad.

  • He insists on traveling with his own Russian cook to make sure he always knows what he's

  • eating, and teams of his diplomats will make agreements with the hosts regarding catering

  • decisions.

  • He refuses to eat anything offered by a host if it hasn't been cleared by the Kremlin

  • first.

  • And he definitely can't, under any circumstances, drink milk.

  • Picky eater or just paranoid?

  • Maybe it's a bit of both, but it's hardly surprising that Putin is worried about poisoning

  • after some of his alleged activities abroad...

  • Of course, he doesn't have to cook anything himself: he has a personal chef.

  • But don't get his actual cook confused with the wealthy Russian businessman Yevgeny Prigozhin,

  • who confusingly has the nicknamePutin's chef.”

  • Prigozhin is just an ex hotdog salesman who made a fortune off catering businesses and

  • now meddles in all kinds of international affairs, and he'd probably get offended

  • if you thought he was actually still tasked with working in the kitchen.

  • All Putin's ingredients come from farms belonging to the Patriarch Kirill, the head

  • of the Russian Orthodox Churchit helps to have friends in high places.

  • Instead of living in the busy and congested city of Moscow, Putin's home is an estate

  • just west of the city, full of parkland and greenery.

  • After breakfast, he'll have a coffee to set him up for a long, hard day of being Russia's

  • hero.

  • You might think it's finally time to start working at this pointafter all, it's

  • gone one in the afternoon already.

  • But not yet.

  • After already lazing around and enjoying an indulgent breakfast, Putin sets off for two

  • hours of swimming.

  • He certainly prioritizes his physique.

  • Putin is something of a water baby.

  • Whilst swimming, he remains in deep contemplation and thinking.

  • While doing a few lengths of breaststroke, he's probably making his plan for world

  • domination and the newest foreign policy.

  • Or maybe he just procrastinates.

  • While Putin is enjoying his leisurely swim, you and the other courtiers wait for him in,

  • well, the waiting room.

  • Sometimes, you have a bit of a gossip while you're safely out of earshot.

  • You can't help but wonder if Putin is on his last legs.

  • He's been in power for more than two decades, and his popularity is being tested like never

  • before.

  • Maybe that's why he spends so much time swimming.

  • After three terms as president, he must be struggling to keep up with expectations.

  • Of course, he doesn't talk to anyone.

  • He hides his emotions like it's a full-time job.

  • You don't even think he actually wants to be in charge anymoreyou wonder if he's

  • just scared to let go in case Russia falls apart as a result.

  • After all, there are few people he despises more than the so-called traitors of the country

  • who lacked strong leadership, like Gorbachevthe man who oversaw the fall of the Soviet

  • Union.

  • Even after Putin finishes swimming, it's still not time for him to start governing

  • the country.

  • Not quite yet.

  • Instead, he heads to the gym, in a workout outfit worth $3,500.

  • He really cares about his physique.

  • Quite the multi-tasker, he watches the news while doing his exercise.

  • There's nothing that gets you pumped up for a good workout quite like watching a program

  • telling you how great you are for your country.

  • As you might expect, he's not much of a cardio guy.

  • You'll find him lifting weights, not running on the treadmill.

  • Eventually, by mid-afternoon, Putin is finished with his excessive exercise routine, and he

  • finally gets dressed.

  • Like most men in their sixties, he has a pretty conservative fashion sense.

  • He'll normally opt for a bespoke suit and a tie in a neutral tone.

  • His favorite brands are Kiton and Brioni, two companies that sell suits for thousands

  • of dollars a-piece.

  • At this point, you and the other courtiers have been waiting hours for Putin to grace

  • you with his presence.

  • You're not sure why he insists on you arriving so early in the first place, but that's

  • just the way it is.

  • As one of Putin's personal courtiers, when you're not sat around waiting for him to

  • arrive, you spend the best part of the day helping

  • him out with his daily tasks and schedule.

  • Many people envy your proximity to him, but it's a stressful job and doesn't leave

  • you with much free time.

  • After so many hours of prep and personal development, Putin arrives raring to go.

  • And he needs his energy, because the first job is going through the briefing notes.

  • Sexy.

  • First, he heads over to his office and sits at his huge, heavy, wooden desk.

  • For extra security, the room contains no technology and no screens.

  • If somebody needs to communicate, it has to be through telephone, old-school style.

  • Now, there are three thick folders to get through.

  • The first one contains information from the domestic intelligence service (the FSB), the

  • second one has information from the foreign intelligence service (the SVR), and the third

  • is a report about the court, compiled by his close protection army (the FSO).

  • After browsing through three thick folders, it's time foryou guessed itmore

  • documents.

  • Now, some lighter reading: the press clippings from both the heavily censored national tabloids

  • and the less-censored broadsheets.

  • Both are important for different reasons: you want to control what the general public

  • is thinking as well as the Kremlin courts.

  • Finally, it's the foreign press, but who cares about that, really?

  • They always have something horrible to say about Putin based entirely on lies and defamation.

  • He does, however, get some satisfaction from reading the German news in its original German.

  • It's a skill he developed from working for the KGB in Dresden in his younger years.

  • If Putin is in a particularly good mood, he might let you show him some satirical videos

  • or memes from the internet.

  • Outside of his screen-free office, of course.

  • So, Putin, if you're watching this: hi!

  • After a few hours of keeping up with the press, it's time to proceed with the daily schedule.

  • Like most powerful individuals, Putin follows a tight schedule that he has little control

  • over.

  • His plan is divided into 15-minute blocks that are scheduled months or years ahead.

  • The day could consist of meetings with royalty or leaders from other world states, or carrying

  • out honors to the great citizens of his own country.

  • However, he dislikes meetings and tries to avoid them wherever possible.

  • Who would have guessed from watching him on TV that he wasn't much of a people person?

  • Although Putin lives away from the hustle and bustle of the big city, he can get there

  • easily if he needs to.

  • There's a special route closed off and reserved just for him so he can get to the Kremlin,

  • Russia's parliamentary building, in just twenty-five minutes.

  • Since the only two places Putin ever seems to go are the Kremlin and the airport, it's

  • not particularly difficult to clear the roads for him.

  • However, he hates going there and will avoid it whenever possible.

  • Unfortunately, today there's a meeting, which means it's a bad day.

  • As soon as Putin enters the room, everyone goes silent.

  • Nobody looks him in the eye.

  • He doesn't exactly come across as the friendliest guy in the worldhe never smiles and barely

  • talks.

  • The bodyguards stay close by Putin's side, preventing anyone from getting too closethree

  • meters at most.

  • At least he's well-prepared for any upcoming pandemics.

  • If he has to give any speeches, Putin is sure to appear completely emotionless.

  • He prepares everything beforehand and memorizes it to make sure he avoids any spontaneous

  • bursts of feeling.

  • He normally gets you to write things, too, to achieve the maximum emotional distance.

  • Finally, the meeting finishes.

  • Time to go homebut not for you.

  • You're back to Putin's house, and there's a long evening ahead of you.

  • Putin finds the greatest mental clarity in the cold hours of the evening, so that's

  • when it's time to do the real work.

  • A real night owl.

  • He summons you and the rest of the courtiers to discuss plans.

  • This is slightly inconvenient for you since you're more of a morning person, but it

  • is what it is.

  • In the night time, he focuses more on deep strategy work.

  • You would reveal the details, but they're far too confidential.

  • He's not one for a late-night swig of vodka, despite what you might expect.

  • In fact, he's a complete teetotal outside of formal receptions.

  • Despite Russia's reputation for being vodka-crazed, the social issues the country has faced due

  • to alcoholism have led many of its politicians to ditch the booze.

  • One of Putin's prime traitors of the motherland, ex-Prime Minister Boris Yeltsin, was notorious

  • for his alcohol problems, and he's stayed away from the bottle as a result.

  • Instead, Putin is more likely to spend the time before bed cuddling up with his babies

  • his dogs.

  • Children?

  • What children?

  • Nobody ever talks about themPutin has two adult daughters, but they stay under the

  • radar and nobody is sure if he spends much time with them.

  • However, we know plenty about his dogs.

  • He owns a labrador named Konni, an Akita Inu named Yume, and a Karakachan dog named Buffy.

  • In case you don't know what those breeds are, they're very big and fluffy.

  • Once, Yume caused an incident in a political meeting by barking at a Japanese journalist.

  • But, instead of punishing his naughty dog, Putin gave her a treat!

  • He says he finds it endearing his dogs aren't afraid of him.

  • There are also some rumors that Putin likes to read, perhaps history books or fiction,

  • but Putin doesn't like to be seen as an intellectual reader.

  • Despite preferring his reputation as a strong man, Putin is actually an extremely intelligent

  • guy who came from an ordinary family, achieved near-perfect grades and rose to the top of

  • his field.

  • But eventually, although sleep is for the weak, even Putin has to head off for bed.

  • As he lies there waiting to drift off, he might think about his military strategy, or

  • perhaps his upcoming weekend plans.

  • He sometimes goes to Church to pray.

  • Whilst he has emphasized that he isn't necessarily a devout Christian, that hasn't stopped

  • him from saying same-sex marriage is on a par with Satan.

  • Putin also enjoys studying Englishhe's already fluent in German but still perfecting

  • his Englishand playing ice hockey.

  • If they're really lucky, figures high up in an oligarchic society might be honored

  • to attend one of Putin's regular ice hockey games.

  • As a lowly courtier, you've never had that honor.

  • Putin sleeps alone.

  • He was once married for thirty years, but divorced his wife Lyudmila back in 2013.

  • Allegedly, they split up after an argument during the interval of a ballet show, but

  • you're too scared to ask about the details.

  • It seems like he's a single pringle and eligible bachelor.

  • Some lady out there must be very lucky.

  • As he drifts into slumber, maybe he dreams about crowds of Russians clapping for him

  • and millions of adoring eyes.

  • Or maybe he has nightmares about an American election he doesn't meddle in.

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  • missiles.

The man, the myth, the legend.

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