I, Putin Wins Honorable Mention at NY Book Festival!

I am delighted to announce that I, PUTIN (Vladimir Putin novel) won an Honorable Mention at the New York Book Festival 2012!

I’m so happy for the author, Jennifer Ciotta. And I’m sure Gospodin Putin would be proud too. I still haven’t told him about the book, though I think he would like it very much.

Oh, and I know Americans are about to celebrate Father’s Day, so make sure to buy your father a copy of I, PUTIN, which is available on Amazon in paperback and on the Kindle, and on the Nook, iBook, Sony ereader and more.

Congratulations!

~ Gosha

Mark Adomanis, Gospodin Putin Has Game

I had a day off! Finally! Gospodin Putin called a long weekend for Russians this past weekend and he actually gave me the day off. The first one in months. Frankly, I didn’t know what to do with myself, but I did end up purchasing a couple rugs for my flat. I also had beers with a friend, and did the important task of counting all the money in my bank accounts. I’m saving a lot more now that Arkady is taking care of Tanya.

Anyway, I decided to post another blog, and this one is in response to “United Russia Loses Yet Another Election” written by Forbes.com columnist Mark Adomanis on March 19, 2012. As Americans love to say, when someone has skills of a particular kind, he has “game.” And that is what Putin has. After working for him for 12 years, I can say this with certainty. Mr. Adomanis does not take into account that my boss has many skills in the area of reinvention of self. They may be slight and hardly noticeable to some, but Putin knows how to change with the wind.

He separated himself from United Russia, the party he originally created. And I believe he will continue to separate from UR. Yes, Mr. Adomanis discusses the mayoral election in Togliatti, and yes, it is a large city, but Putin has options. He can completely break ties with UR to strengthen his image, or if need be he can extend his vertikal power structure down to the local governments. Putin is popular in the provinces, so I wouldn’t see this re-structuring as a problem, only to the West and the liberal hardliners in Piter and Moscow. Ask most Russians about Putin and they would say, “Why not Putin?”

The Western media loves to plot the demise of my boss, but the reality of the situation is Putin won the presidential elections. He is still popular in Russia, and the West is exaggerating the protests. It’s like your Occupy Movement. No one is storming the White House and trying to throw Obama out of power.

The protests were hard on Putin right before the presidential election. He walked around the house with shoulders curved in and took many meals in his office. But after he won, he realized the majority still want him in power. So (thank God) he’s been in a much better mood the past several days.

The moral of the story: Don’t count out my boss, Mr. Adomanis. Putin knows exactly what he’s doing and has the skills to back it up.

It’s Putin’s Business, Not Yours

Gospodin Putin has been quite grumpy this past week. All the protests and such. And, of course, it’s ruining my day, because I’m simply his shadow. For those of you who don’t know me, I’m Russian President Vladimir Putin’s (fictional) personal aide. You may recognize me from I, Putin (Vladimir Putin novel) by Jennifer Ciotta. I’ve decided to put my English to good use and start this blog.

As you can imagine, I shouldn’t be writing about my boss. I’d be fired on the spot, but he doesn’t read English (or claims not to) and he has a lot going on right now. Also, I’ve arranged for my IP address to lead back to an American computer, so I should be fine.

For those of you who have read the novel, yes, I’m still working for Putin, and yes, he was re-elected to the presidency last week. I haven’t had a break from my job in months, literally not a day off.

In the interest of some creative expression, I think I’ll use this forum to discuss how I feel about articles and people I find fascinating, and I’ll keep you up-to-date on my life and Putin’s life. So let’s start.

On March 6, 2012, Professor Stephen Cohen of New York University did an interview on DemocracyNow.org. Watching the broadcast, I was impressed with one of Cohen’s statements: “Vice President Biden went to Russia last year and tried to persuade Putin not to return to the presidency. In a crude way, it’s none of our business.”

He’s right.

It isn’t crude or outlandish, it’s the truth. Could you imagine Gospodin Putin or Medvedev telling Obama he shouldn’t run for president this year? It would be considered extremely rude, arrogant and an overstep of bounds, but for some reason, the US thinks she can do that.

The US has a long history of involving herself in situations where she doesn’t belong. Sometimes, it’s proven beneficial i.e. World War II, while other times, it’s been invasive. To me, we have a democracy in Russia, but it’s a different kind of democracy than the US. People were protesting on the streets earlier today, similar to the Occupy Movement. As Cohen said, there are rules for protestors, like the US. In fact, several months ago I saw on television New York City policemen kicking the Occupy protestors out of their tent cities for rules of sanitation, and if I remember correctly, technically NYC parks are closed after dark. Thus, the police had the right. It’s the same here; once the permit time expires, the protestors have to go, but the important part is they are able to protest. If you ask me or my sister Tanya, that’s a far cry from the Soviet Union, where we couldn’t utter a word against the government.

As a loyal Russian, I’m proud of my country, and I’m proud of how far we’ve come since the fall of the Soviet Union. Many people around the world doubted our organizational skills, yet we organized efficiently, and in a span of less than 25 years, we are a superpower once again. We have achieved democracy, perhaps not in a Westernized form, but it is a democracy.

I’m exhausted. It’s 22.31 Moscow time and I have to get up at 6.00. I’ll write soon.

пока (bye),

гоша (Gosha)