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Vladimir Putin and Dmitry Medvedev harvest corn in southern Russia
Vladimir Putin and Dmitry Medvedev have put on a Soviet-style show of unity that would make their Communist predecessors proud, personally harvesting corn in southern Russia.
Keen to keep their profiles high ahead of a parliamentary election in December and a presidential poll in March, the two men leapt into Russian-made combine harvesters and took to the corn fields of Russia’s Stavropol region.
Dressed casually with their every move faithfully followed by state TV, they then symbolically poured the corn they had harvested into a waiting truck in a move that appeared designed to underline the fact that they really are a team.
The publicity stunt, which took place on Tuesday, saw Mr Putin, currently the prime minister, harvest six tons of corn. He talked excitedly about his farming feat afterwards. “It was fantastic! I really enjoyed it,” said Mr Putin, dressed in a big brown winter coat.
Not to be outdone, Mr Medvedev, the current president, also harvested six tons of corn, and went on to extol the virtues of Russian combine harvesters in the manner of a Soviet leader of old.
“I liked it because the equipment was modern and Russian,” he said, dressed in a black leather jacket. Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev was a big fan of corn, ordering it to be planted all over the former Soviet Union in a strategy that was later deemed to be deeply flawed.