Russian Men Are Taking The 'Putin Shirtless Challenge' !

Pavel Durov, the founder of social networking sites VKontakte and Telegram is rallying his Instagram followers to take the #PutinShirtlessChallenge.

Inspired by new photos in which Russian president Vladimir Putin is looking rugged and masculine, we guess this is some sort of ode to Russian alpha male culture.

Writes Durov:

“My instagram had to seriously step up the game to keep up with the increased competition from Mr. Putin’s shirtless photos. If you’re Russian, you have to join #PutinShirtlessChallenge (or face oblivion). Two rules from Putin – no photoshop, no pumping. Otherwise you’re not an alpha.”

Here are just a few of the men who have taken the #PutinShirtlessChallenge:


Сегодня у меня сюжет #putinshirtlesschallenge #reporter #tv #jajaja #lol #news

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Proudly accepting Pavel @durov 's #PutinShirtlessChallenge Indeed, we have the best president.

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Слишком хорошъ. #putinshirtlesschallenge

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Ну..почти #putinshirtlesschallenge

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Будь в теме. Флешмоб имени В.В.П. #PutinShirtlessChallenge #АССКЧеллендж

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I always perceive sexual insecurity from Russian men. They are constantly conditioned by the government and the church to be sexually insecure through the spreading homophobia.

The more homophobic a country the more homoerotic.

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