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Crane Migration, Testosterone, and Flighty Diplomacy: How Vladimir Putin Envisions Russian Citizens

Keith Bormuth

Russian president Vladimir Putin attempted to lead a flock of captive-raised Siberian white cranes in flight this week as part of the birds’ training for winter migration. According to some accounts, the Russian leader even wore a glove designed to look like a beak. Are birds really willing to believe that a former KGB agent inside of a motorized hang glider is one of them, just because he’s wearing a fake beak?

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