Vladimir Putin turned 62 on October 7, 2014. Across his vast country, however, Putin’s adoring citizens (he held a whopping87 percent approval rating this summer) celebrated his birth with everything from artwork to infographics to grand marches honoring their leader.
In perhaps the most glorifying tribute, an artist in Moscow created a special exhibit entitled “The 12 Labors of Putin,” an ode to the 12 labors of Hercules, which range from slaying a lion to capturing the Cretan Bull. (In this case, the bull is a Crimean ox.) In the artwork, Putin successfully accomplishes a modern take on Hercules’s acts, such as shooting down an American warplane, instead of the Stymphalian birds, with a bow and arrow.