“Putin – Sauron”: the network exploded with memes because of the rings presented by the President of the Russian Federation to the leaders of the CIS (photo)

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The Russian leader, who presented the rings as a gift to the CIS leaders , netizens compared it with Sauron, the lord of darkness from Tolkien's universe.

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At a meeting of leaders of the CIS countries, Russian President Vladimir Putin presented each of them with rings with New Year's greetings and the inscription “Russia”. This was announced by the Belarusian Telegram channel “Pool of the First”, which is administered by the press service of Alexander Lukashenko.

Vladimir Putin prepared nine golden rings as commemorative gifts. Each of them flaunts the symbols of the CIS and the greeting “Happy New Year 2023”, as well as the inscription “Russia”.

One of them the Russian president put on his finger. The rest were presented to President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev, Prime Minister of Armenia Nikol Pashinyan, Belarusian politician Alexander Lukashenko, leader of Kazakhstan Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, President of Kyrgyzstan Sadyr Japarov, leader of Tajikistan Rahmon Emomali, head of Turkmenistan Serdar Berdimuhamedov and head of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev.

According to the information published by the Pul Pervogo Telegram channel, apart from Putin himself, only the representative of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko put on the ring. The rest of the heads of state did not wear gifts from the Russian president.

In turn, the press secretary of the Russian leader, Dmitry Peskov, said that “there is no need to focus on the rings. It's just such a New Year's souvenir. There is nothing special there.”< /p>

Despite this, the network “exploded” with memes that ridicule such an initiative of the Russian president.

Putin has already been compared with the hero of Tolkien's famous trilogy “The Lord of the Rings” – the lord of darkness Sauron, who distributed nine rings to the rulers of nine kingdoms, after which they became his slaves.

One of the memes depicted Vladimir Putin riding a fantastic monster flying over the Kremlin.

The picture was signed “Lord of the End” as an allusion to the imminent military defeat of Russia and its leader.

In addition, Putin was portrayed as the lord of darkness Sauron, surrounded by his slaves who were once rulers. As enslaved rulers, the leaders of those countries to which Putin presented commemorative rings are depicted.

Folk art did not bypass the representative of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko. The politician was depicted as Gollum, a creature from Tolkien's universe, small in stature, extremely thin, with large glowing eyes.

In addition, netizens called the meeting of the leaders of the CIS countries in led by Putin “pathetic parody” of the “Fellowship of the Rings”.

Fans of memes have not bypassed even Vladimir Zelensky. In contrast to Putinm-Sauron, he was portrayed as Frodo, the keeper of the rings, who, according to the plot of Tolkien's books, entered into a confrontation with the lord of darkness.

Even the SBU did not stand aside.

“We read that a war criminal handed out nine rings “behind the parebrique” and thinks that this will help him defeat us. We read Tolkien and we have only bad news for him,” such a message appeared on the department's Telegram channel.

It was illustrated with a photograph showing members of the Security Service of Ukraine looking out the window at Sauron-Putin's burning residence.

And the adviser to the head of the Ministry of Internal Affairs Anton Gerashchenko reminded that giving rings is a bad omen that leads to parting.

“Those who know say that this is a quick parting. But, apparently, Putin is absolutely not superstitious in this regard,” Gerashchenko wrote.

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