Moscow shoppers queue for designer patriotic Putin tees
Hundreds of Moscow residents on Monday lined up to buy designer T-shirts featuring the likeness of Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Some of the designs on the shirts depict Putin on horseback, in camouflage or in dark sunglasses, or in a tropical shirt under the slogan "Welcome to Crimea".
While many iconic Putin images and sayings have been lampooned by Russian and Western satirists, designers Anna Trifonova and Ivan Yershov say they wanted to evoke Russians' pride, not laughs.
"There's no irony here. This is absolutely serious. The things that are written are correct. 'The most polite of people', it's real, we think," Yershov said, referring to a slogan on a T-shirt used to describe the armed soldiers who appeared in Crimea last March before it was annexed by Russia.
"And the mottos are very strong, and the text we choose has strong motivational meanings," Trifonova added.
The T-shirts retail for about 1200 rubles ($33 USD).