I saw Vladimir Putin on the ITV news grappling with a fit young man supposedly practiscing Judo. This is the latest in a long line of publicity stunts by the Russian dictator that seek to make him appear more manly.
- Shooting a tiger, with a TV crew coincidentally on hand to capture the moment.
- Being photographed strolling around bare chested on holiday.
- Having rumours spread that he is going out with a much younger woman.
- his membership of the KGB (MI-6 famously attracted a lot of homosexuals so I'd guess the same dynamic is true for the KGB).
- Surrounding himself with young male advisers, including the Ken doll lookalike who succeeded him as president.
- Holidaying with Prince Albert of Monaco, who is widely rumoured to be gay.
Update : In the comments Alison points to Vladimir's rather flamboyant aesthetic tastes. It's very Elton John like.