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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.

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

We cut to Batman (?!?) arriving at the CIA where he gets his instructions: eavesdrop on Vladimir Putin**.

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.

Contact Hayes Brown at hayes.brown@buzzfeed.com.

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