Vladimir Putin Is a Huffington Post Blogger

Russian Presidential candidate, Prime Minister Vladimir Putin delivers a speech during a rally of his supporters at the Luzhniki stadium in Moscow on February 23, 2012. Prime Minister Vladimir Putin  vowed he would not allow foreign powers to interfere in Russia's internal affairs and predicted victory in an ongoing battle for its future. "We will not allow anyone interfere in our internal affairs," Putin said in a speech to more than 100,000 people packed into the stadium and its grounds at Moscow's Luzhniki stadium ahead of March 4 presidential elections. AFP PHOTO / YURI KADOBNOV (Photo credit should read YURI KADOBNOV/AFP/Getty Images)
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Russian prime minister (and presidential hopeful) Vladimir Putin, not exactly the biggest fan of press freedoms or the Internet, has his second blog post up on the Huffington Post today, joining world leaders like French president Nicolas Sarkozy and British prime minister David Cameron in Arianna Huffington’s roster of famous contributors. Dylan Byers of Politico wonders if Syrian president Bashar al-Assad or Iran’s Mahmoud Ahmadinejad might be given the same privilege, to which a HuffPo spokesperson said diplomatically, “Each request would be evaluated individually.” Being that both of Putin’s writings were adapted from his previous Russian editorials, it’s probably safe to presume that he’s just like most HuffPo bloggers in at least one sense: He’s not getting paid.