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Putin basks in Crimea sun and fun on new T-shirt

Published on Jun 12, 2014 2:03 AM
Women inspect T-shirts, displaying images of Russia's President Vladimir Putin, which are on sale at GUM department store in central Moscow, on June 11, 2014. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

MOSCOW (AFP) - Wearing a Hawaiian shirt, sunglasses and with a cocktail in hand, Russian President Vladimir Putin looks confident underneath the words "Greetings from Crimea".

This is just one of the many variations of Putin-themed T-shirts being snapped up by patriotic shoppers in Moscow, as the Russian leader basks in record popularity at home.

Though he may have drawn scorn from the international community for his annexation of the Ukrainian Black Sea peninsula, opinion polls show that nearly 80 per cent of Russians approve of the move.

At Moscow's famous Gum department store, just a few metres from the Kremlin, around 100 shoppers were jostling to get to wear the strongman on their chest.

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