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Putin gets lovefest from Russia on 60th birthday.
President Vladimir Putin was feted by his homeland for his 60th birthday today, according to the Associated Press. Putin enthusiasts, with a little help from the Kremlin, went all out.
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Best birthday presents? Here's a rundown of the top 10, including one prank gift, most of them courtesy of the Associated Press:
1) Gigantic Putin mountain peak portrait (complete with a request to officially name it Peak Putin)
2) Moscow sports contest held in Russian president's honor called "Do Your Best for Putin"
3) Video of ladies adoring the birthday boy made by pro-Putin youth party
5) Laudatory TV bio-pic
6) "Putin: The Most Kind-Hearted Man in the World" art exhibition (see accompanying photo)
7) Special message from Russia's Orthodox Church (Putin's a "real patriot")
8) Book on Tsarskoye Selo, the former residence of the imperial family (that from Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev)
9) A statement of adulation from Moscow mayor Sergei Sobyanin crediting Putin with all "positive changes" in the country
10) Joke present from the the opposition: anti-Putin demonstrators shout "Let's Send Grandpa to Retirement!" (60 is the official retirement age in Russia). Riot police quickly dispersed the Moscow rally, said AP.