On Thursday, Russian President Vladimir Putin delivered his annual state of the union address.
Russia's entire political elite filled the Grand Kremlin Palace for Putin's speech, which is usually full of dramatic pronouncements they greet with thunderous applause.
Putin started off with some harsh words for Turkey, Russia's new public enemy number one after the country downed a Russian jet last week. "Allah decided to punish the Turkish elite by relieving them of their sense and judgement," he said.
Attendees included Alexander "Surgeon" Zaldostanov, leader of the pro-Putin Night Wolves Biker gang.
Zaldostanov's friend, the extravagantly coiffed lawmaker Valentina Petrenko, was also there.
You could also find prosecutor general Yuri Chaika, recently implicated in corruption allegations, staggering even for Russia, embroiling his family in deals with the country's most notorious mafia murderers.
The rest of Putin's speech eschewed saber-rattling for more mundane topics like jury composition, agricultural policy, and subsidies for mothers. Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, who has a habit of doing this, responded by appearing to doze off.
Igor Sechin, CEO of state oil giant Rosneft, also visibly struggled.
As did this guy.
And at least one person in this picture.
Many of those who stayed awake, like Valentina Matvienko, speaker of the upper house of parliament, clearly had a hard time doing it, as evidenced by the many prolonged absences of ovations.
After an hour, Putin ended his speech, and the hall rose for the national anthem. Lawmaker Nikolai Valuyev, a former heavyweight boxer, towered over the other officials.
Ordinary Russians, for whom Putin had little in the way of economic good news, turned their attentions elsewhere.
Max Seddon is a correspondent for BuzzFeed World based in Berlin. He has reported from Russia, Ukraine, Azerbaijan and across the ex-Soviet Union and Europe. His secure PGP fingerprint is 6642 80FB 4059 E3F7 BEBE 94A5 242A E424 92E0 7B71
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