WorldViews: Patriotism is the latest fashion in Moscow

By Karoun Demirjian, October 7, 2014

MOSCOW — As diplomatic tensions singe Russia’s relationship with the West, patriotism is making a new fashion statement in Moscow.

On Monday evening, Russians lined up in the upscale GUM shopping mall on Red Square to purchase the latest threads of national pride: sweatshirts and other garments featuring the likeness of Russia’s president, Vladimir Putin, sporting military and hockey gear, hugging puppies and leopards, and warning that the former KGB intelligence officer is presently reading your thoughts.

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