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Black belt Vladimir Putin was photographed being thrown like a rag doll by a judo student

Russian President Vladimir Putin likes nothing more than to show off his famous judo skills – well, other than making an unprovoked invasion of an innocent neighboring country.

But few people remember the time he was thrown to the ground like a rag doll by a Japanese student.

Yes, Putin, the autocrat who is so fond of flaunting a strong image of athletic superiority, got rammed while visiting a sports center in Gushikawa, Okinawa, Japan in 2000.

Old footage from the judo session shows the 69-year-old, still dressed in a shirt and tie, crashing in front of hundreds of amused onlookers.

Russian President Vladimir Putin fell while traveling in Japan in 2000

In three separate snaps, Putin is seen grappling with his opponent, who hilariously grabs the Russian prime minister before knocking him to the ground with a thump.

The footage raises doubts about Putin’s prowess in judo, even though he is a black belt in the combat sport.

Benjamin Wittes, who holds black belts in taekwondo and aikido, has previously branded the man Boris Johnson described earlier this week as a “fraud” and “fake” dictator.

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The student picked up Putin
The student picked up Putin

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“At least in the videos I’ve seen there are no attacks on Putin, and I see no evidence that his opponents ever try to get the better of him,” Wittes wrote in 2017 on Lawfare. , an American blog dedicated to national news. security issues.

“The videos are displays in which he shows off his masculine prowess by taking what the Japanese call ukemi (defensive falls) for himself.”

In a Facebook post titled “Why Won’t Vladimir Putin Fight Me?”, Wittes put it more bluntly: “Putin is a fraudulent martial artist. He only fights people who are in his power, and they all take scraps for him.”

And threw him down
And threw him down

Wittes suggested that the dark side of Putin’s demonstrations was rooted in his aggression on the international stage, his repression of dissidents and minority groups at home.

It has never been so true.