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Updated on December 17, 2016
Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin
Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin


Putinism is an expression by President Vladimir Putin that is spoken in Russian slang called Fenya used to purposely deviant from the formal professional public speaker who is dressed in an immaculate custom-tailored suit. It has been said that this is Putin's attempt to appear "close to the people".

One of his earliest Putinism was his statement on how he intended to deal with the Chechens by "wiping them out in the shit house" and "soak them in the john".

The fenya criminal meaning for "to soak" [mochit'] is slang that means "to kill", Putin was not speaking in standard Russian.

2002 - "If you're really ready to become an Islamic radical and you're ready to have yourself circumcised, I invite you to Moscow."

2003 - "Everyone has to understand, once and for all, that you've got to obey the law all the time, and not just when they grabbed you 'in a certain place."

2008 - That's such garbage! They picked it out of their noses and smeared it on their papers!"

2015 - "If anyone in the Turkish leadership decided to lick the Americans in a certain place -- I don't know if they acted correctly or not -- I don't know whether the Americans need that."

Oksana Chelysheva declared that the recent ban on offensive language is, " ... just to have another tool to manipulate the laws for political purposes."

Fenya word meanings

The antilanguage and disdain for anything that is legitimate swap one word to mean another such as ;

  • kupit "to buy" means ukrast "to steal"
  • porvat is “to tear” means "to retaliate" extremely, violently
  • shchipat "to pinch" means a pickpocket

Hear Putin Speak


Leonid Finkelstein, THE RUSSIAN LEXICON, 2001, Publication: Prism Volume: 7 Issue: 3 3.20.2001

Christya Riede, I Will Tear You Up! (For Putin), Foreign Policy Association 7.27.2011

Jill Dougherty, Trash talk: What Putin's presidential potty mouth is all about, CNN 12.26.2015

What did Putin call Trump?

Russian President Vladimir Putin described Trump as 'colorful'. The word he used was ‘yarkii’ (яркий) which means bright or brilliant, colorful, vivid and flamboyant.

Putin did not call Donald Trump a 'genius' as The Donald has asserted on several occasions. The antonyms of 'yarkii' include; extravagant, theatrical, bombastic, gaudy, pretentious and showy.

Fact check: Putin did not call Trump a ‘genius’



© 2016 ptosis


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  • savvydating profile image

    Yves 10 months ago

    ptosis....I should not have used the word "trash." What I should have said is that I do not generally, if ever, comment on hubs that contain the "f" word. Did you enter those pics at a later date? Perhaps I commented and forgot or perhaps you submitted those pics with the foul language after I had commented. That was my concern for HP. On occasion, it appears that someone has tried to guess at my password. I have not shared my password with anyone. Not one person. And so I wondered...

    That being said, Putin, does have a KGB mentality. I disagree with your comment about Trump, as it is a rude generalization. If he can work with Putin as Reagan worked with Gorbachev, all the better. That is not to say that I think Putin is an upstanding person or leader.

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    ptosis 10 months ago from Arizona

    @ savvydating, Thank you for your interest in my Hub. I don't understand what you are reporting to HP about. The article itself that you call 'trash' or the fact that you commented on this twice. I believe you can delete your own comments from hubs correct? If not - at you request - I will delete savvydating comments if you wish.

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    Yves 10 months ago

    I have never commented on this hub. I will contact HP to look into it. This hub is a piece of trash. Those who know me understand that I avoid all garbage.

    Also, What is this @savvydating thing? I am not on Twitter or any other social media. I don't even follow Ptosis.

    Will report this.

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    Shyron E Shenko 10 months ago from Texas

    I agree with Savvydating, Putin is a thug and a menace to the whole world. Thanks for the interesting read.

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    ptosis 15 months ago from Arizona

    @savvydating, maybe that's why Trump admires Putin so much?

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    Yves 15 months ago

    As I've said before, Putin is a thug. There is nothing interesting or charming about the way he speaks. Your article proves it.

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    ptosis 21 months ago from Arizona

    +Ericdierker Thank you. The Russian Lexicon is a good read on how the underground criminal beliefs are.

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    Eric Dierker 21 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

    Quite interesting. A whole lot more straightforward than we are used to here in the US