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Greetings Comrade

Greetings Comrade

It’s been a busy couple of weeks for Vladimir Putin in China. Not only did the Russian premier win the Confucius Prize – a Chinese equivalent of the Noble Peace Prize – he’s also discovered that he has a brother in Anhui province.

As it turns out, it’s not a real brother ­– but that’s still what internet users have nicknamed Luo Yuanping, who bears a striking resemblance to the former KGB supremo.

Thanks to the internet, the 48 year-old villager from Longju has become an overnight celebrity and is now called Brother Putin. Russian netizens are also fascinated, seeing Luo as a “tanned Putin” and a “Made-in-China Putin”. Another blogger even suggested Brother Putin be invited to govern a small Russian province. But farmer Luo has other priorities, with the doppelganger hoping his new fame will help him find a wife.

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