Am I a pure democrat? Of course I am, absolutely. But do you know what the problem is? Not even a problem but a real tragedy? The problem is that Im all alone, the only one of my kind in the whole wide world. […]There is no one to talk to since Mahatma Gandhi died.
When I first read the quote on another blog, I thought it was a hoax, or that Putin had somehow been misquoted or taken out of context. But a transcript of the entire interviewhas been published on his official Presidential website, for all to see.
I’ve heard a lot in the past about how Putin is a man completely in control of his brief, and never says anything in public without a purpose, but come on, this is just plain daft.
By claiming he is the world’s sole “pure democrat” in the face of all evidence and then going on to compare himself to Gandhi, all Putin does is portray himself as a deluded nutter.