Putin Has Siberian Birthday as Russians Show Their Love

October 7, 2014 2:49 PM

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President Vladimir Putin’s 62nd birthday today prompted public displays of reverence for the Russian leader.

While Putin took a rare day off and disappeared from the public eye to celebrate in the Siberian wilderness, shoppers thronged to buy iPhone cases and sweatshirts bearing his portrait, often with military headgear, at the GUM department store on Moscow’s Red Square.

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