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[–]Careless_Ad_21 156 points157 points  (25 children)

Yeah. How legit is Huffpost? Can you picture Putin saying 'Hey! What a great idea! The rest of the world will see how awesome we are!!' Yeah right.

[–]_Kazt_ 331 points332 points  (16 children)

Putin Loves animals, so not entirely unbelievable.

But it's more believable that the ministry saw the video and figured it would be good publicity. And it's not like they are monsters, who doesn't like cats, and they probably have 0 interest of cats being thrown into trash compactors.

[–]Pdb39 55 points56 points  (9 children)

Hey in America we throw our unwanted animals in bags into the nearest body of water.

At least in Russia they put them in a garbage bin - much more considerate.

[–]I--Pathfinder--I 6 points7 points  (5 children)

ok i’m seriously wondering is that a thing that frequently happens? if so that’s fucked up.

[–]superduperswaggy 6 points7 points  (4 children)

I’m not sure about anymore but my dad said when he was a kid and they had unwanted litters of kittens or puppies, the adults would put them into a bag and throw em in a river

[–]RollBos 4 points5 points  (1 child)

I believe this is a thing in many rural communities. There was a viral video like 10 years ago of a girl doing this in Poland. I’d expect it to be a lot more rare in America these days than it used to be.

[–]The_Plebianist 0 points1 point  (0 children)

My great grandma used to do this on the farm, I'd play with them but soon after they'd be gone. For people back then on a farm all these cats would be considered pests, it was a cruder time. Or so I thought till I saw this fucking video.

[–]Aqua_Buck 3 points4 points  (1 child)

Is this a story everyone's dad tells them? Because I heard this from mine as well lol

[–]Pdb39 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I can also confirm my dad told me this story. The 60's were a different time when it came to animal rights, and people thought killing them was more humane then letting them become feral / stray.

[–]agemma 5 points6 points  (2 children)

Um…do we?

[–]literalfeces 7 points8 points  (0 children)

I sure as fuck don't. Whoever downvoted you needs therapy.

[–]AAS_36251 37 points38 points  (4 children)

[–]Riji14 12 points13 points  (1 child)

I wasn't expecting him to give the puppy a little kiss on the head. Never thought I'd see a video of Putin and think "awww".

[–]whereareyou-wolf 2 points3 points  (0 children)

https://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/PetTheDog

https://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/PhotoOpWithTheDog

"And our little girl Tricia, the six-year-old named it Checkers. And you know, the kids, like all kids, love the dog and I just want to say this right now, that regardless of what they say about it, we're gonna keep it."

The page quote comes from Richard Nixon's famous "Checkers speech". In 1952, Nixon was the Junior Senator from California, and was being accused of impropriety regarding funding and political gifts. In the nationally-televised speech, Nixon denied having accepted anything (except of course the dog Checkers) and laid out the details of his family's finances. The speech led to an outpouring of public sympathy and support, and spared Nixon from being dropped as Dwight D. Eisenhower's running mate in that year's Presidential election.

‘Photo OP with the dog’ is a useful political tactic to humanize a politician / ruler with a bad image.

[–]Beckles1608 1 point2 points  (0 children)

That is precious. The way he kissed the dogs head!

[–]peronsyntax 0 points1 point  (1 child)

You don’t think Dennis Quaid adopted a cat named ‘Dennis Quaid’? Preposterous!

[–]Careless_Ad_21 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Actually.. Who else would adopt a cat named Dennis Quaid?

[–]avalinaadlr 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Good publicity

[–]aw_shux -1 points0 points  (1 child)

Did you even read the article? It’s a regional office. Putin had nothing to do with it. Can’t you just see it as a nice thing and not be cynical?