Moscow: Prime Minister Vladimir Putin has sent New Year`s greetings to all Russians, even those protesting his 12-year rule and his plans to return to the presidency for at least six more years.
Putin said he wished well-being and prosperity "to all our citizens regardless of their political persuasion, including those who sympathize with leftist forces and those situated on the right, below, above, however you like" in Russian, clear sexual innuendo.
Putin often uses crude language, especially when speaking derisively of his critics. The tough language has helped build his image as a man of the people.
President Dmitry Medvedev will give the formal New Year`s address at midnight Saturday. It is expected to be more conciliatory toward the Kremlin`s opponents.