Moscow: Vladimir Putin was sent to Russia
by God to help it deal with its troubles in the early
post-Soviet era, the Kremlin`s top political adviser was
quoted as saying on Saturday.
"To be honest, I think of Putin as a person who was
sent to Russia by fate and the Almighty at a difficult hour,"
Interfax quoted first deputy administration chief Vladislav
Surkov as telling Chechen television.
Surkov serves in the administration of President
Dmitry Medvedev. But he has worked there since just before
Putin first entered the Kremlin for a two-year term as
president in 2000 and is widely seen as one of his closest
Putin now serves as prime minister and neither he nor
Medvedev have said which of them will run in presidential
elections scheduled for March.
But Putin has remained the country`s most popular
politician and has been forced to deal with at times peculiar
signs of appreciations from his fans and political supporters.
The Russian media in May reported that a small female
sect believes Putin is the reincarnation of Paul the Apostle.
Putin has been made the hero of pop songs and brands
of vodka and even a Moscow night club party.