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Putin: 'No One Would Lift a Finger Against' Berlusconi if He Were Gay — VIDEO


Russian President Vladimir Putin is making international headlines for his defense of former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, Reuters reports:

Russian President Vladimir Putin rallied behind his old friend Silvio Berlusconi on Thursday, saying the former Italian prime minister would not have faced trial for having sex with a minor if he were gay.

"Berlusconi is being tried because he lives with women. If he were homosexual, no one would lift a finger against him," he told a gathering of journalists and Russia experts.

Putin's comment provoked laughter in the audience over what appeared to be a reference to criticism abroad over a law he signed this year banning the spread of "anti-gay propaganda" (sic) among minors in Russia.


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  1. It just goes on and on with this guy.

    Posted by: Jack M | Sep 20, 2013 8:52:43 AM

  2. Clearly Putin has some serious personal issues with "the gay".

    Very interesting !

    Posted by: JackFknTwist | Sep 20, 2013 9:02:37 AM

  3. I hate to be that guy, but shouldn't it be, "...banning the spread of gay propaganda..."

    Posted by: Eric | Sep 20, 2013 9:09:56 AM

  4. Such a sad man...

    Posted by: cal | Sep 20, 2013 9:25:27 AM

  5. Yes, it should Eric. Reuters has it wrong.

    Posted by: Andy Towle | Sep 20, 2013 9:43:03 AM

  6. Me thinks she doth protest too much! (Which team is Putin really on? Dropped his wife. Likes to do "manly" things. Bare chested pictures. Hmmmmm!)

    Posted by: Michael | Sep 20, 2013 9:43:27 AM

  7. What a turd.

    Posted by: Ben Nevis | Sep 20, 2013 9:58:03 AM

  8. Stupid as well as bigoted? Who knew?

    Posted by: Leroy Laflamme | Sep 20, 2013 10:10:51 AM

  9. the BOTOX and plastic surgery have gone to Vlads head

    Posted by: disgusted american | Sep 20, 2013 10:15:02 AM

  10. Comrade Putin is just digging the grave deeper and deeper for himself.

    Posted by: David From Canada | Sep 20, 2013 10:15:50 AM

  11. With all the fillers and plastic surgery he's had, he's beginning to look monstrous!

    Posted by: MK UlTRA | Sep 20, 2013 10:30:37 AM

  12. Pootie Poot's looking fat.

    @MK Ultra, is that what all that is???? Thought somebody had introduced him to the joys of corn syrup, or that he was on some medication which was bloating him. Either or. Plastic surgery, though, is too vain and too wack.

    Posted by: Zeta | Sep 20, 2013 10:39:47 AM

  13. I had not really taken his homophobia or ersatz cowboy masculinity to be anything other than typical Russian cultural backwardness before now, but one does have to wonder about this latest statement. One could cynically postulate that the characteristics that make for a "successful" closet case (good at telling lies) are also useful for a career in the KGB and Russian Parliament.

    Posted by: EchtKultig | Sep 20, 2013 10:42:10 AM

  14. Time for this clown to to ride off shirtless into the sunset.

    Posted by: Tristram | Sep 20, 2013 12:17:17 PM

  15. Putin's party, United Russia has a tenuous hold on public support in Russia because, like the government here, it serves the new gangster capitalist class and panders to the religious right.

    Like the Democrats and Republicans United Russia and it's allies have attacked the standard of living of Russian workers to increase the wealth of the super rich and the remnants of the Stalinist bureaucracy with measures that include:

    - the abolition of the progressive income tax;

    - enactment in the Duma of a labour code that restores the labour relations of a century ago, including a lack of rights for workers, and omnipotence for business and the bureaucracy;

    - introduced an antisocial package of laws that replace social benefits with minuscule financial compensation,

    - and are preparing acts to privatize education, depriving Russian workers of their Soviet era universal access to an education.

    These and other right wing policies by United Russia are creating the conditions for a massive push-back by unions and the left.

    What happened in Madison and Cairo, Athens and Madrid is going to happen in Russia. Its only a matter of time before the Putin regimes hamfisted, pigheaded promotion of profit gouging by the rich creates a mass movement aimed at burying United Russia and restoring a workers state. As that happens our communities in Russia will have enormous opportunities to form powerful alliances and participate in the fight to bury the Putin regime.

    Posted by: Bill Perdue | Sep 20, 2013 12:52:53 PM

  16. As long as Putin can keep the price of oil high, his position in secure. If the price were to drop below $50 per barrel, his cronies would not hesitate to have him removed from office.

    Posted by: anon | Sep 20, 2013 5:46:43 PM

  17. Of course not.

    "If we were homosexual…" he'd be Pope, not Prime Minister.

    Posted by: Bryan | Sep 21, 2013 3:09:38 AM

  18. That man is the grown up Agustus Gloop:

    Posted by: mododavid | Sep 21, 2013 10:06:23 PM

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