Putin as Celebrity and Cultural Icon

1st Edition

Helena Goscilo

Routledge
Published June 23, 2014
Reference - 220 Pages - 41 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9781138815742 - CAT# Y171600
Series: BASEES/Routledge Series on Russian and East European Studies

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Summary

Though in recent months Putin’s popularity has frayed at the edges, the dearth of comparably powerful and experienced political leaders leaves no doubt that he will continue to be a key political figure. During his tenure as Russia’s President and subsequently as Prime Minister, Putin transcended politics, to become the country’s major cultural icon. This book examines the nature of his iconic status. It explores his public persona as glamorous hero, endowed with vision, wisdom, moral and physical strength—the man uniquely capable of restoring Russia’s reputation as a global power. In analysing cultural representations of Putin, the book assesses the role of the media in constructing and disseminating this image and weighs the Russian populace’s contribution to the extraordinary acclamation he enjoyed throughout the first decade of the new millennium, challenged only by a tiny minority.

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