Putin Campaign Ad Seeks The Virgin Vote

Andrew Sullivan highlights a new ad from Vladimir Putin’s campaign:

Since it’s in Russian, here’s a translation:

Allow me to (kinda) translate. A doe-eyed gal goes to a fortune teller, who kittenishly divulges:

“We’ll find out, little beauty, who fate has in store for you.”
“You know, I hope it’s for love.” Blink-blink-blink. “It’s my… first time.”
“The carrrds will tell the truth… I see it will be for love… without deception…” (AHEM AHEM)
A Putin card is revealed.
“Wow. It’s him!”
“You’ll be happy with him. He’ll protect you like a stone wall.” (Or something…)

And the kicker:

Putin. First time — only for <3.

This isn’t the first time that Putin’s United Russia party has used sex to sell itself to voters, of course. Remember this ad from November?

Not exactly what you’d expect from the GOP is it?

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Doug Mataconis held a B.A. in Political Science from Rutgers University and J.D. from George Mason University School of Law. He joined the staff of OTB in May 2010 and contributed a staggering 16,483 posts before his retirement in January 2020. He passed far too young in July 2021.


  1. Too bad Herman Cain didn’t have the guts for that.

  2. michael reynolds says:

    Voting is so hot.

  3. Brummagem Joe says:

    Same vote Santorum’s after then.

  4. Charles Fenwick says:

    Reminds me of a Sandinista billboard described by P.J. O’Rourke in Give War A Chance when he was in Nicaragua for the 1990 elections. Showed a young couple outside a voting booth holding hands with the tagline “When you do it for the first time, you should do it for love”.

  5. anjin-san says:

    Babes for Putin. As the saying goes, it’s good to be king…