February 3, 2007Aside

Sunday Levity: Putin’s mood-enhancement formula

But how does one get in touch with Koni?

This is an archived blog post from The Acorn.

Our man in Moscow directs us to an excerpt from Vladimir Putin’s annual journalistic free-for-all.

ALEKSANDR GAMOV: Vladimir Vladimirovich, I just wanted to ask what is your mood today?

VLADIMIR PUTIN: A fighting mood.

ALEKSANDR GAMOV: That is quite visible. I have the following question: are you often in a bad mood? What usually causes it and what do you do to get out of a bad mood?

VLADIMIR PUTIN:…And with regards to bad moods of course I have bad moods, just like everybody else. But in those situations I try to consult with my dog Koni, who gives me good advice. My wife recently gave me a good book as a present – the poems of Omar Khayyam – and there are a lot of interesting things in it that can help in these types of situations. I recommend it. [The Kremlin]



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