– Forget iPhones – 100s Of Russians (& Mickey Rourke) Line-Up For Putin T-Shirts(ZeroHedge, Aug 11, 2014):
While the West is used to long lines of people waiting patiently for the next big thing from Apple, it appears there is another ‘must-own’ item this summer. As Sky reports, hundreds of people have gathered in one of Moscow’s most expensive stores to buy T-shirts with Vladimir Putin’s picture on them. Somewhat amusingly, among the crowd was no lesser celebrity than Mickey Rourke who snapped one up.
Anna Trifonova and Ivan Yershov, known as the Anyavanya design duo, said their collection was inspired by Russia’s numerous victories on the international stage, such as the Sochi Olympics triumph, the world ice hockey championship and reunification with Crimea.
Their stall at Moscow’s prestigious GUM department store gathered crowds as some 7,000 new T-shirts went on sale. They sell for 1,200 roubles ($33). Putin fans can also buy an iPhone case for 600 rubles ($17).
In early June, some 5,000 Putin T-shirts sold out in one day.
The collection has 15 T-shirt prints, including Putin wearing military camouflage with the slogan “The politest of people,” and Putin on horseback, with the slogan “They’re not gonna get us”.