Putin-themed cafe an ideal place for fans of the Russian president

KRASNOYARSK, RUSSIA (REUTERS) - He might be 4,000km away in Moscow, but just step into this eatery and you find the world of Vladimir Putin, with dozens of pictures of his life from childhood to the Kremlin.

Black-and-white or in colour, amateur or professional, his image looks down on you from the walls of the entrance hall and escorts you right to the table.

There's Putin as a schoolboy, Putin with his wife and Putin holding a newly born daughter, Putin the steely eyed KGB agent, Putin in a judo bout, Putin inspecting a submarine, and others of Putin.

Want to pose with Russia's most popular man?

No problem, his life-size stand-up picture is waiting for your hug or handshake by the bar stand.

Siberian locals give the President Cafe that opened last month two thumbs up. They say it's not as much about Putin as it is about patriotism. 

"All those KFCs, burgers are not ours, this food is not Russian. There are no Russian pelmeny (Russian dumpling) places. Kebabs are everywhere. We miss our traditional food, that's why we like this place," cafe customer Evgeny Kushner said.

Customer Alexander Dudkovsky agreed. "It's not about politics, the president here is presented as a person.

He is respected as a man and not as a president. As a president he might have done things wrong. 

There is a general opinion about Putin as a real Russian man, Dudkovsky explained.

On to the restrooms, and there's another designer "surprise" - graffiti-daubed pictures of US President Barack Obama and his German and British allies, complete with Obama's face on toilet paper. Toilet mats bear the colours of the US flag.

The pictures, which also include one of Ukraine's former pro-Western Prime Minister Arseny Yatseniuk, are covered with hand-written Russian curses.

Want to add your "I-was-here" autograph? Just use the black marker pen on hand.