Siberian eatery is ideal spot for a Putin fan

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Source:   —  April 13, 2016, at 1:50 PM

He might be 4.000 kilometer (2.500 miles) far in Moscow, but just step into this eatery and you discover the world of Vladimir Putin, with dozens of pictures of his life from childhood to the Kremlin.

From the outside, President Cafe that opened latest month isn't that different from other eating places in this working-class residential area of Krasnoyarsk, a city in eastern Siberia.

He might be 4.000 kilometer (2.500 miles) far in Moscow, but just step into this eatery and you discover the world of Vladimir Putin, with dozens of pictures of his life from childhood to the Kremlin.

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

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

Wish to pose with Russia'south most favorite man? Number problem - his lifesize standup picture is waiting for your hug or handshake by the bar stand.

Images from the restaurant can be seen at

"When we got together with partners to open a new cafe, we thought of a concept that'd invite customers and guarantee its success," said Dmitry Zhdanov, a 26-year-old entrepreneur and co-owner.

"And it then dawned on us: Russia still had number cafe or restaurant fully committed to Putin, Russia'south most favorite politician!" he said. "This is how our concept appeared. Then we worked on the design."

But step far to the restrooms and there'south another designer "surprise" - graffiti-daubed pictures of U. S. President Barack Obama and his German and British allies, complete with Obama'south face on toilet paper. Toilet mats bear the colors of the U. S. flag.

The pictures, which also comprise one of Ukraine'south pro-Western Prime Minister Arseny Yatseniuk, are covered with hand-written salty Russian curses. Wish to add your 'I-was-here' autograph? Just utilize the black marker pen to hand.

"I'm neutral towards Western politicians," says youthful entrepreneur Zhdanov. "This is just business, nothing personal," he adds, though he refers to "the aggravating political situation in the world and, notably, around Russia".

"People react the way they consider appropriate, and we give them this opportunity," he said. "But, in general, we look this as entertainment."

(Reporting by Dmitry Solovyov; Editing by Richard Balmforth)

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