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This Cartoon Show Vladimir Putin Beating Batman With Bug Spray

Batman works for the CIA, by the way. Just so you know.

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LifeNews, a Russian media outlet with close ties to the security services, published a video on Wednesday titled "Vladimir Putin in India" that for some reason features the Russian president defeating Batman.

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As the title indicates, the video starts with Putin arriving at the recent BRICS* Summit in India, living his best life at the luxury five-star hotel Hotel.

*BRICS is a loose grouping of once rising emerging economies Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa.

Batman sets off on his mission but finds that his stealth skills fail in the face of Putin's keen senses, as the Russian president takes out the Caped Crusader with a can of common bug spray and calmly watches him plummet.


Second, we have to note the irony in Batman working for the CIA, given that the Russian military's intelligence branch — the GRU — basically stole Batman's symbol***.

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***They did not, but look at it. Warner Bros. call your lawyers, you could have a case.

Next, Batman is an odd choice to play the US surrogate, a role usually filled by Superman.

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Superman is all about truth, justice, and the American way. Batman punches people at night.

Hayes Brown is a world news editor and reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York.

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