Vladimir Putin

Vladimir Putin’s recent impersonation of a rock star in front of throngs of adoring fans may come as a surprise to those who are familiar with his past.

The Russian president defied protocol at a rare public appearance in the Dagestan region by warmly interacting with admirers in a sizable audience, shaking their hands and posing for photographs.He even gave a girl a cheek kiss once as she begged her mother to take a picture of him standing by her side.

Despite never greeting his security staff during his two decades in power, he is seen shaking hands and straightening an officer’s clothing in another moment that was captured on tape.