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    #PutinDay: Social Media Celebrates Russian Leader's Birthday

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    Today, President Vladimir Putin is celebrating his 63rd birthday. As expected, the leader's special day has caused a ruckus on social media, with supporters both inside and outside Russia already coming up with some clever ways to congratulate the leader.

    The president is reported to be celebrating his birthday in a rather reserved manner, spending it as just another day at work. However, he does have plans to play some hockey with famous veteran hockey players and members of the Night Hockey League later today.

    As expected, the president has already received some traditional birthday greetings from foreign leaders. The presidents of Azerbaijan, Armenia, and Belarus have sent their best wishes. Putin was also congratulated by Narendra Modi, who offered a more up-to-date form of greeting, wishing Putin "long life, good health & happiness" in a tweet. The prime minister's tweet has already received 1,000 retweets.

    Naturally, the president also received greetings from Russian political figures, from parliamentarians to governors and republican leaders. Probably the warmest message of greeting came from Chechen Republic leader Ramzan Kadyrov, who congratulated the president on Instagram. 

    Kadyrov's message of congratulations praised Putin as "the most popular, courageous, strong, wise, and strong-willed politician in the world," wishing him "good health, good luck and success" in his "very difficult and responsible work!"

    Дорогие друзья! Сегодня день рождения самого популярного, мужественного, сильного, мудрого и волевого политика на свете! Это Президент России Владимир Путин! Мой народ, моя республика и вся Россия безгранично благодарны ему за политическую твёрдость, проявленную в борьбе с злейшими врагами Отечества на Северном Кавказе. Благодаря Его безоговорочной поддержке Первого Президента ЧР, Героя России Ахмат-Хаджи Кадырова, удалось разгромить международных террористов, спасти народ, предотвратить развал России, о котором мечтали наши злейшие враги. Сегодня Чечня служит для всего мира образцом согласия и стабильности. В новейшей истории Владимир Владимирович показал истинно мужской характер, сорвав все планы западной коалиции, стремящейся изолировать Россию от решения международных дел. Сегодня Президент России принимает полный комплекс мер, направленных на спасение всего человечества от сотен тысяч террористов Иблисского государства. Дорогой Владимир Владимирович! Заверяю Вас, что весь чеченский народ, все мусульмане России, все истинные патриоты Отечества с Вами! С Вами весь народ России! Ради такого признания можно прожить десять жизней и все эти десять жизней посвятить своему народу! Уважаемый Владимир Владимирович, мы Ваша пехота, готовая выполнить приказ любой сложности и важности, выполнить его в любой точке земного шара! Я желаю Вам крепкого здоровья, успехов и удачи в Вашей исключительно трудной и ответственной работе! С днём рождения Вас! #Кадыров #Россия #Путин #Чечня #Москва #Кремль #Президент

    Фото опубликовано Аллах Велик!!! (@kadyrov_95) Окт 6 2015 в 2:01 PDT

    The Russian president also received congratulations from famous artists and public figures, including world-famous Italian musicians Toto Cutugno, Pupo, Al Bano, Ricchi e Poveri and Riccardo Fogli, who noted on a Facebook page of an Italian Putin fan club page that the Russian president is today "the main bulwark against the unipolar world and international terrorism!"

    Le nostre star Toto Cutugno, Pupo, Albano, Ricchi e Poveri e Riccardo Fogli hanno rivolto gli auguri di buon compleanno…

    Posted by Vladimir Putin Italian Fan Club 2.0 on Tuesday, October 6, 2015

    The news media joined in on the fun, Ruptly offering a humorous compilation of the president's greatest moments of 2015.

    See Putin's best moments of 2015 on his 63rd birthday

    See Putin's best moments of 2015 on his 63rd birthday Watch More: http://ow.ly/T6MgX

    Posted by Ruptly on Wednesday, October 7, 2015

    Even the normally anti-Putin liberal English-language newspaper The Moscow Times couldn't help but fete the president, creating an entire article, suspiciously reminiscent of a recent Sputnik piece, complete with quotes and GIFs, on the president's anniversary.

    Because it wouldn't be a birthday without GIFs!

    Posted by The Moscow Times on Wednesday, October 7, 2015

    Celebrities and politicians aside, Putin has also received a ton of congratulations from social media users around the world, with the hashtag #PutinDay catching fire on Twitter. Users from Russia and around the world congratulated the Russian president on his special day.

    "Happy Birthday Vladimir Vladimirovich! You more than anyone else, are worthy of the people's love!"

    "The dollar fell below 63 rubles, as a sign of respect."

    Vladimir Putin's 63rd birthday is today. Greetings!#SouthFront #Russia #Putin

    Posted by SouthFront on Wednesday, October 7, 2015

    "The coolest president is celebrating his birthday."

    "Fools are lucky. The rest of us have to work night and day. V.V. Putin #PutinDay"

    "Vladimir Vladimirovich! Give me five! Happy Birthday!"

    This year, the president also got quite a few messages of support for Russia's decision to begin an air campaign against ISIL, in coordination with Russia's Syrian allies:

    Have you congratulated the president yet?

    "I'm not hearing your birthday greetings…"

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