Russian President Vladimir Putin was in Germany this morning when he found himself in the crosshairs. Ukrainian protest group Femen, known for their topless protests against the church, the sex trade, and "dictators" like Putin, crashed his appearance at a Hanover trade fare wearing slogans, and little else.
Speaking at a press conference afterwards, Mr Putin said: “As for the protest, I liked it."
He said the organisers of the Hanover event should “say thank you to the Ukrainian girls, they helped you promote the trade fair.”
He added: “To be honest, I didn’t really hear what they were shouting because the security [guards] were very tough. These huge guys fell on the lasses. That seemed not right to me, they could have been handled more gently.”
Mr Putin appeared to show a flash of his well-known salty humour, adding: “I didn’t make out whether they were blondes, chestnut-haired or brunettes.”
File away for future notice: running breasts-first at Vladimir Putin is perhaps not the most effective way to shame him.