1. He's always shirtless out of doors, in front of his mostly male entourage and the mostly male reporting pool.
2. Always shirtless...
3. Nothing says "I'm very, very straight" like a shirtless dude on a horse.
4. ...even when hunting in the Siberian Tyva region. Who hunts shirtless? I'll tell you who...
5. A big bear hug, to welcome Gérard Depardieu to the country.
6. Lest we forget Putin's tender side.
7. He was a high-ranking KGB operative. Did you see Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy? Half of MI-6 was gay.
8. At the movies?
9. He's always touching his handsome Prime Minister, Dmitry Medvedev.
10. As they say, a nod is as good as wink, and vice versa.
12. He loves the touch of their bottle-shaped noses.
13. He has his own doll. LOOK at those flexed trapezius muscles.
14. He knows how to tie a bow tie. How many hetero men do you know who know to tie a bow tie?
15. A very rare photo.
16. If he put this on Grindr, my God, his in-box would crash.
To catch up on all the recent anti-gay developments in Russia...
...read this startling Animal New York post by Russian Marina Galperina.