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May 22, 2011

Blog Guy, how much does Vladimir Putin earn?

You mean as Russia’s prime minister? Not very much, I’m afraid. Why do you ask?

Well, my wife and I were on a trip recently and I’m pretty sure Putin drove our taxi in from the airport. I was just a little surprised, is all.

Yes, Putin does odd taxi shifts when things are quiet. Were you satisfied?

Oh, for sure. He drove us straight to the hotel and got our bags out of the trunk and smiled a lot. I gave him a few extra roubles.

So you would recommend his taxi to other tourists?

You bet. He was a LOT better than President Dmitry Medvedev, who drove us back to the airport.

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Russian Pime Minister Vladimir Putin inspects a new Lada Granta during his visit to the AvtoVaz car plant in the southern Russian city of Tolyatti May 11, 2011. REUTERS/Alexei Nikolsky/RIA Novosti/Pool

Putin drives a new Lada Granta, accompanied by AvtoVaz President Igor Komarov. REUTERS/Alexei Nikolsky/RIA Novosti/Pool

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Is the Lada Granta a lotta car, or a Lady Gaga car?

Posted by Onedoor | Report as abusive

Putin is smiling at the trunk space. I’d want to check his jacket pocket for duct tape before I got in his taxi!

Posted by Onedoor | Report as abusive

Putin is packing passengers in pursuit of pleasure, not taking his tips for Granta.

Posted by Onedoor | Report as abusive

What I was looking at was how baggy his jeans were above his shoes – does he understand about inseam, or don’t they have tailors for the prime minister? Of course, I’m sure taxi drivers can’t afford alterations, so………..

Posted by imbethann | Report as abusive

Todays Lada Granta inspection is brought to you by the letter P. Hi there little floating letter P, would you happen to know a photo opportunistic stop sign?

http://blogs.reuters.com/oddly-enough/20 11/05/18/this-just-in-arnold-has-a-drive way/

Posted by iflydaplanes | Report as abusive

I like your new photo, BG. Not being raptured has done you well :D

Posted by GeorgiaPeach | Report as abusive

So I survived the May 21 apocalypse and all I get is a Vladimir Putin article?

Posted by SkimpyDog | Report as abusive

imbetham, that seems to be the general trend now-a-days amongst young folks… ofcourse, Putin does consider himself young, hip and happening…

Posted by Shra | Report as abusive

Vlad is kewl, so sez my sis. Of course, I wouldn’t join him for tea. ;-)

Posted by justCAM | Report as abusive

As Vlad opened the car boot, he exclaimed:
“So this is where I Putin my stuff?”

And then he laughed…”Get it, Putin?”

The sales rep replied… “Yes, we take it for Granta-d that people use that for stuff”.

Posted by Malteser | Report as abusive

Ladada dadada dadda …

Posted by fwd079 | Report as abusive

I think those trousers are just Putin pretending to be taller than he is…

Posted by CrowGirl | Report as abusive

In the first photo is he wondering if there is enough room to shove in a couple of crates of vodka AND Dimitry Medvedev at the same time?

Posted by Nosmo_King | Report as abusive

Whilst shopping for a new (to you) car, it is a bad idea to involuntarily exclaim “Wow, you could fit loads of bodies in there!” to a salesman showing you the boot/trunk…

Posted by CrowGirl | Report as abusive

Yes, Crowy, it is.
It is also not good to say “You know I could fit my ex-wife in here along with her scumbag lawyer, and I wouldn’t even have to chop their legs off”.

Posted by Nosmo_King | Report as abusive

:)

Posted by CrowGirl | Report as abusive