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Vladimir Putin tells critics of Russia at World University Games to ‘try some Viagra’

Jul 20, 2013, 6:04 AM EDT

Vladimir Putin AP

The recently competed World University Games were largely ignored by the mainstream media in the U.S. In case you hadn’t noticed, one major theme dominated the mini-Olympics for college-aged athletes.

Russia creamed everyone. The event host (based in Kazan) won 155 gold medals. China was second with 26, and the U.S. was seventh with 11. The previous record of gold medals by one country at a University Games was 75, by China in China in 2011.

That stat caught the eye of The New York Times, which ran a piece titled, “Russia stacked team with stars for World University Games.”

It noted Russia sent 18 Olympic gold medalists to event where other countries, such as the U.S., featured many B and C squads.

Well, Russian president Vladimir Putin has a response for the Times and everybody else who thought his nation brought in ringers for a goodwill competition.

“I’d like to advise them to take up sport themselves, and if they have any health issues to go see a doctor,” Putin told Russian media. “At the end of the day, maybe they should try some Viagra and then life would get better, would reveal some of its vivid and beautiful sides, and they would see the future.”

Have a problem with that? Think twice before confronting Putin.

Putin, 60, has cultivated his reputation as a fit and adventurous sports fan. In addition to widely publicized feats of physical skill, like diving and horseback riding (shirtless), he holds a black belt in judo and reportedly swims every morning before work

Video: Crazy wrestler celebration dance at World University Games

  1. chrldr12 - Jul 21, 2013 at 4:21 AM

    “Hey, you sent your best athletes to the university games.”
    Putin: “Take some Viagra.”

    Welcome to life in Russia.

  2. howardfeinski - Jul 21, 2013 at 9:19 AM

    The more I hear about Mother Russia, the less I admire about our bedraggled and misshapen “democracy”.

    • patthehockeyfan - Jul 21, 2013 at 11:27 AM

      I assume, howardfeinski, that you’ve never been to Mother Russia. I have. Trust me. Our bedraggled and misshapen democracy is infinitely better than anything in Russia. In fact, were you in Russia now and had written a similar comment about Russia’s government, your comment would result in your being picked up and questioned by Russian security. You’d be kept in prison for a while and, ultimately, would be accused, tried and convicted of some sort of crime.

      If that’s what you admire, so be it. I’ll take the U.S.

      • stakex - Jul 21, 2013 at 12:01 PM

        That’s simply not true. While Russian press and freedom of speech aren’t as absolute as the US (and no doubt getting tighter)… making an internet comment against the government won’t land you in prison or even questioned by the police. That’s simple American fear mongering, and I say that as an American.

        In fact, Russia doesn’t have the ability to monitor internet traffic like that… unlike the US government, which actually can.

  3. mikeo76 - Jul 21, 2013 at 12:32 PM

    stakex, if you really believe that Russia doesn’t have the ability to monitor Internet traffic, you are indeed a naive individual.

    • patthehockeyfan - Jul 21, 2013 at 1:17 PM

      stakex, whether or not the internet is monitored, allow me to suggest you ask how anti-government remarks are received in Russia. Ask Pussy Riot. Ask Alexei Navalny. Ask Sergei Magnitsky. Oh, I forgot. You can’t ask Magnitsky. He was the man who exposed widespread corruption in Russia, and who was posthumously tried and convicted of tax evasion. Even before the “trial,” he died while in prison, and not of natural causes.

      My original point was in response to howardfeinski’s remark that he admired Mother Russia. That’s his right. One can dislike the U.S. President and government; however, if one thinks that Russia is better or more admirable, that’s beyond naive.

      • nolliabed - Dec 18, 2013 at 11:16 AM

        I’d rather have a president that will tell you the truth to your face (like it or not) than a douche bag like obdumbo who will lie about everything behind your back, to your face, whatever it takes to get a vote. Odumbo will also cater to illegals rather than stand behind his own people and their needs.
        I don’t admire Russia as a whole but I do admire Putin for sticking up for his people first, instead of constantly “sticking it to us instead of sticking up for us” as odumbo has repeatedly done.
        P.S. Putin would kick the sh!t out of odumbo………

  4. valdemarg - Jul 21, 2013 at 12:53 PM

    Putin is the most thug-punk criminal instigator-dictator in the history of the world~! His own people would attest to this fact. His administration and the thugs he has running it make the “cold war” era of Brezhnev seem like a garden picnic. I am convinced the Russians have an new, undetectable hormone drug that they will be having their athletes use during the Winter Olympics – and this is how they perform as well as they do.

  5. cubb1 - Jul 21, 2013 at 5:27 PM

    ”At the end of the day, maybe they should try some Viagra and then life would get better, would reveal some of its vivid and beautiful sides, and they would see the future.”–

    Putin is obviously a satisfied customer.

  6. dafc0n - Jul 21, 2013 at 7:01 PM

    Hey Vladimir, do you know what a Bimbo is? But then, if we had to explain, you wouldn’t get it anyhow!

  7. retief1954 - Jul 21, 2013 at 7:37 PM

    “Take some Viagra”? Wow, this guy’s a world leader? That remark is positively George W Bush-like in its knuckleheaded-ness. Any 60-y/o guy who feels compelled to ride around on horseback with his shirt off, then compel state-run media to publish the pictures, seems to me to have some issues with emotional security, not to mention with his sexuality. Embarrassing.

    • jimeejohnson - Nov 20, 2013 at 11:26 AM

      Vladi and “Lil” bush-League were good buddies.

  8. valdemarg - Jul 21, 2013 at 7:56 PM

    At first I thought it was a duck, but then realized I was wrong – it’s a platypus. the man definitely has the FACE of a PLATYPUS ~!!!

  9. jriggins76 - Jul 22, 2013 at 11:01 AM

    So, Russia is back to their tried and true tactic of gaining superiority in any shallow, devious, underhanded manner possible, even in amateur sports.

    And before any of you flag-waving, hypocritical, US-bashing morons claim that we do the same thing (Lance Armstrong comes to mind), may I remind you that those are individual indiscretions and delusions of grandeur, not systematized, national efforts.

    • patthehockeyfan - Jul 22, 2013 at 11:14 AM

      Well said, jriggins76. Oops! Make that, well written!

    • ryoung122 - Oct 7, 2013 at 10:28 PM

      Want systematized efforts of cheating at sporting events? Try American football. You can start with college football, where many teams stack the deck with under-the-table recruiting. And when you get to the NFL, players rarely test positive…for being drug-free, that is.

  10. eelsnave - Aug 1, 2013 at 12:44 PM

    the ruuskis can go to hell – I have no intention of either watching any events held in that corner of the planet, nor will I spend any money on those that sponsor events that endorse human rights violations – the planet doesn’t need scum like Russia idolizing bigotry!

  11. teddidouglas - Aug 31, 2013 at 1:01 PM

    1. Who cares if a country sends their best athletes to an event most people don’t watch or care about. It’s their prerogative Because honestly, they aren’t fooling anyone including themselves. That would be like GB sending their top athletes to the Commonwealth Games. Because the world knows that unless all the countries sent their best athletes to compete, the wins are hollow victories. No one winning say the 100m is going to be seen as being on par with the likes of Usain Bolt. It’s simply a place where the also-rans can get a medal because they have no hope of seeing a podium otherwise. Frankly, that Russia had to resort to this tactic simply proves how insecure and desperate they are. But the rest of the world uses things like the Olympics and World Championships as the true test of athleticism, where the best of the best compete, and it’s quite obvious that Russia isn’t the top contender in either Games.

    2. Putin is a prime example of why long periods of absolute power and suppressed news media are never a good idea. When a world leader can use Viagra as an answer to the question raised, and actually think his response is a good one, it’s time for him to go. He’s turning into an Orsen Wells caricature.

    3. People who are allowed the right to free speech in order to complain about democracy and exalt dictatorships have to be very slow in the head to not realize the hilarious irony there. The very freedoms you are insulting is what affords you the privilege to insult it without fear of arrest or political repercussions. And yet the country you are applauding would not give you that same right. How stupid do you have to be not to why your statement makes you look imbecilic.

    • ryoung122 - Oct 7, 2013 at 10:35 PM

      That Putin dares speak his mind, rather than give a politically calculated spin-answer, is refreshing. That people like you get offended makes it more so.

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