If Putin gets up your nose

07 January 2016 - 02:11 By Reuters

If you are one of those people who can't get enough of Russian President Vladimir Putin, things are looking up. A new perfume inspired by the president is now on sale at a Moscow department store.The fragrance, called Leaders Number One, comes in a sleek black-glass bottle with Putin's profile and has a 6500ruble (R1500) price tag.The scent, which creator Vladislav Rekunov hopes to present to the leader himself, contains hints of lemon, blackcurrant and fir cones.Most shoppers rejected the offer to test the new fragrance free of charge. Two men on a Moscow street who agreed to try the Putin-themed scent said it smelt like "cheap" perfume.The fragrance is the latest of many Putin-themed items on sale intended to strengthen the Russian leader's cult of personality.

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