A bunch of girls in Russia

by fpman

Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin, president of Russia and formerly a counter-intelligence officer, prefers to keep his daughters’ identity a secret.

So now, even with the suspicions there are, we cannot be entirely sure if one of his daughters is an acrobat-dancer-slash-scientist. A pity.

Another interesting consequence of this policy of secrecy, in the country that was once, for a brief while, ruled by a false Dimitriy, is a bunch of false Putinas:

“So far, a bunch of girls have come forth as Vladimir Putin’s daughters,” says Dmitry Peskov, a spokesman for President Putin.

It is certainly a conceivable stratagem in an environment similar to Russia’s. For it to succeed in the (somewhat) longer run, accomplices are a must. Speaking strictly in the abstract, false VIPs of this kind may come in four different varieties: decoys, entrepreneurs, crazies, and momentary opportunists. It is only in crazies’ case that the person concerned would not be part of a group involved in the impostorship. Accomplices are needed to get street cred: to spread rumours around as to who you “really” are, to give confidential references etc. In the case of the entrepreneur it would be a group seeking economic opportunities in this way, mostly. In the case of a decoy, it could be a state-run operation, with the aim to divert attention away from “those we don’t speak of” (I hope you like obscure movie references). Even some of the seemingly crazies may be sent out there to leave a legacy of uncertainty as to who the real VIPs happen to be.

A momentary opportunist is a person who uses reference to oneself as someone special’s special someone to get out of a specific situation, only as a tactic. If you’re looking for an example of this, well, here is an imperfect one, given that it is more that of a wannabe momentary opportunist whose aspirations stemmed largely from the consumption of alcohol on the occasion: a man claiming to be Vladimir Putin’s cousin after he was caught drunk-driving by Surrey police in the UK.