Happy birthday, President Putin!

С днём рождения, Владимир Владимирович! Happy birthday, Vladimir Vladimirovich!

Today is Russian President Vladimir Putin’s 63rd birthday.

A typical Russian birthday party is not unlike American celebrations: parties, presents, song, cake (though pie is also common). Candles, like here, must be blown out on the first try.

President Putin (right) with Russian hockey player Alexander Yakushev.

President Putin (right) with Russian hockey player Alexander Yakushev.

Vladimir Putin, however, takes a different approach to his birthday. Today, he celebrated by playing an ice hockey game in Sochi. Russian news site Sputnik News says this is “an indication that his strong physique shows no sign of weakening.” This is not the first time the President has shown off his physical stamina (something that he emphasized even in his autobiography) and it will certainly not be the last.

The best part? Of course, his team won; Putin himself scored seven points.

The hashtag #PutinDay has also been trending on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook, with both Russian and global celebrities, politicians, and supporters celebrating and wishing him a good day.

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