Putin Addresses Pressing Cthulhu Issue

by Nathan Hamm on 7/12/2006 · 4 comments

Between public kid cuddling and musing about such topics as the role of giant humanoid robots in Russian defense and there being “something more serious” to questions about Cthulhu, a fictional creature created by H.P. Lovecraft, Vladimir Putin is making a rapid climb in the ranks of most entertaining president in the former Soviet Union.

Asked about the possible awakening of the giant mythical octopus Cthulhu, the fourth-most popular question among the more than 150,000 sent to Putin, he said that he believed something more serious was behind the question. Cthulhu was invented by novelist H.P. Lovecraft and was said to be sleeping beneath the Pacific Ocean.

Putin said he viewed mysterious forces with suspicion and advised those who took them seriously to read the Bible, Koran or other religious books.

Of course, with 150,000 people asking the question, [read that wrong] perhaps this says more about internet users in Russia than it does about Putin.

via Ace of Spades HQ

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Bill Walsh July 12, 2006 at 2:27 pm

Dear Lord, that’s the best thing, ever. Iä, iä V’la Dpu Teen!

Andy July 12, 2006 at 2:30 pm

The question about Cthulu was, no doubt, an inspired one.

But, you can’t seriously rank it up there with the man asking Putin for permission to marry a cow – can you?


Mark Hamm July 14, 2006 at 8:34 am


If the marriage was to be of the same gender then that would be something!

Matt July 17, 2006 at 11:37 am

Ahhh the Putin comedy continues. If you get to see the now infamous Bush-Blair off camera chat, Putin is sat smirking to himself as Blair realises the microphone is switched on. Classic. What’s got into Putin? Im liking him a lot more in these past few weeks than in the past 6 years. I think this week we’ve seen the more down to earth jack-the-lad Putin that comes across in Russia all the time.

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