Father Frost visits Russian properties.
Vladimir Putin on Thursday thanked Father Frost – the Russian model of Santa Claus – for having helped him grow to be president and urged the legendary determine to assist perform Moscow’s plans.
Putin first turned president on New Yr’s Eve in 1999, when Russia’s first post-Soviet chief Boris Yeltsin unexpectedly resigned and Putin – who was then prime minister – took on the position.
Father Frost, a bearded determine similar to Santa Claus, distributes presents to kids on New Yr’s Eve all through the previous Soviet Union. He’s assisted by his granddaughter, Snegurochka, or the Snow Maiden.
“My relationship with Father Frost has all the time developed in a great way,” Putin mentioned throughout his annual end-of-year press convention.
“I’m grateful to him that I can meet with you in my capability.”
“I hope that he is not going to solely give us presents, but additionally perform the initiatives of the nation and of every citizen,” the Russian president added.
Putin was responding to a query from a journalist based mostly in Veliky Ustyug – a city in northwest Russia that’s house to Father Frost – a couple of lawsuit by an individual claiming Russian Santa Claus had not fulfilled his needs for 23 years.
“I can advocate for Father Frost and remind the plaintiff that Father Frost solely fulfils the needs of girls and boys who’ve been good,” Putin mentioned, including the plaintiff ought to “analyse his behaviour.”
Putin’s marathon press convention with Russian and international journalists sometimes lasts for round 4 hours and oscillates between severe questions and pageantry, with some reporters sporting costumes and holding up indicators to seize the president’s consideration.
On Thursday, one journalist got here clad in a Snegurochka costume.
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