Siberian eatery is ideal spot for a Putin fan

Wed Apr 13, 2016 7:08pm EDT
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By Ilya Naimushin

KRASNOYARSK, Russia (Reuters) - From the outside, President Cafe that opened last month is not that different from other eating places in this working-class residential area of Krasnoyarsk, a city in eastern Siberia.

He might be 4,000 km (2,500 miles) away in Moscow, but just step into this eatery and you find the world of Vladimir Putin, with dozens of pictures of his life from childhood to the Kremlin.

Black-and-white or in color, amateur and professional, his image looks down on you from the walls of the entrance hall and escorts you right to the table.

There's Putin as a schoolboy, Putin with his wife and holding a newly born daughter, Putin the steely eyed KGB agent, Putin in a judo bout, Putin inspecting a submarine, and more others of Putin.

Want to pose with Russia's most popular man? No problem - his lifesize standup picture is waiting for your hug or handshake by the bar stand.

Images from the restaurant can be seen at

"When we got together with partners to open a new cafe, we thought of a concept that would attract customers and guarantee its success," said Dmitry Zhdanov, a 26-year-old entrepreneur and co-owner.

"And it then dawned on us: Russia still had no cafe or restaurant fully dedicated to Putin, Russia's most popular politician!" he said. "This is how our concept appeared. Then we worked on the design."   Continued...

A customer pulls on a roll of toilet paper depicting U.S. President Barack Obama at the "President Cafe" in Krasnoyarsk, Siberia, Russia, April 7, 2016. REUTERS/Ilya Naymushin