convenient unions

Vladimir Putin + Dmitry Medvedev Are the Oprah + Gayle of Russia

Dmitry Medvedev, the president of Russia, is not in a gay relationship with predecessor Vladimir Putin — something Putin was given the chance to clear up when an Italian reporter asked about his political marriage. “Mr. Medvedev and I are people of a traditional orientation,” says Putin. “I can tell you this with complete certainty. As for marital unions, you have exaggerated a bit. But we are friends, friends for many years, I have already said this. And the way that we have arranged our work today — it seems to me, we can be proud of this.” It’s like: Can’t a dude hug another dude without everyone thinking they’re all gay for each other? No, not on this website. [NYT]