Putin in Tears After Winning Presidency, Chinese Reactions

Vladimir Putin with tears in his eyes and rolling down his face after winning the 2013 Russian presidential election.

Vladimir Putin with tears in his eyes and rolling down his face after winning the 2013 Russian presidential election.

From NetEase:

Putin holds back tears announcing election victory

March 5th, Russian Federation Central Election Commission Chariman Vladimir E. Churov, in accordance with preliminary results, announced that the “United Russia” party presidential candidate Vladimir Putin has been elected the new president. Over 100,000 Putin supporters gathered at Moscow’s Manezh Square next to the Kremlin to celebrate the general election victory. Putin and Dmitry Medvedev attended and gave speeches. While speaking, Putin had tears in his eyes. However, Putin later said that he did indeed have tears during his speech, but they were caused by the blowing wind.

Vladimir Putin with tears in his eyes during a victory speech at Manezh Square in Moscow after winning the 2013 Russian presidential election.

Photo of Putin at Manezh Square holding back tears in his eyes while speaking.

Vladimir Putin with tears in his eyes during a victory speech at Manezh Square in Moscow after winning the 2013 Russian presidential election.

Putin said: “Thank you to those people who wish the best for ‘Great Russia’. I want to ask you, will we win? …We have won! …We won fairly and honestly! …Thank you all!”

Vladimir Putin wipes away tears in Manezh Square in Moscow after winning the 2013 Russian presidential election.

Putin also pledged even greater honesty and work even harder to his supporters.

Dmitry Medvedev and Vladimir Putin embrace after Putin wins the Russian presidency.

Photo of Putin and current president Medvedev hugging each other celebrating victory.

Putin and Medvedev on stage in Moscow after Putin's election to become Russia's president again.

Appearing with Putin, current Russian President Medvedev expressed that this victory is what Russia needs. Medvedev said: “If our country is to modernize, become stronger, and remain independent, it needs this victory. We will not give this victory to anyone else! We will not!”

Putin supporters waving flags and banners after his election victory.

Photo of people participating in the celebrations on the square.

Putin supporters holding red, white, and blue balloons in celebration of Putin's presidential election victory.

Youn Russian men celebrating Putin's presidential election victory.

Russian Communist Party leader Gennady Zyuganov refusing to recognize the presidential election and election results.

March 4th night, local time, while commenting on the election voting process and preliminary results, Russian presidential candidate and Russian Communist Party Chairman Gennady Zyuganov said to reporters: “I am unable to recognize the election as honest, nor do I recognize its fairness, much less recognize the election as having been conducted properly.”

Mikhail Prokhorov.

Another independent candidate, billionaire Mikhail Prokhorov speaking at campaign headquarters during a press conference.

Comments from NetEase:

yi表淫才 [网易江西省南昌市网友]:

Looks quite democratic. These these guys must be having fun taking turns.


Power can make such a strong man shed tears.

愤怒的木材商人 [网易山东省潍坊市网友]:

Was, is, and will be our enemy.

网易山东省烟台市网友: (responding to above)

If you treat someone as your enemy, then he will be your enemy! Because you first were his enemy!

拆拿掏光养贿 [网易河北省保定市网友]: (responding to above)

Your neighbor occupies over 1.5 million square kilometers of your land, and you still happily treat him as your friend? You’re really niubi.

法克牌鱿鱼 [网易福建省网友]:

Congratulations to Mr. Putin for his win.


A true man, a strong man, give him a ding!


A strong but gentle true man, with a far-reaching ambition to serve the country!

zhouguanglin007 [网易山东省济宁市网友]:

Actually, it doesn’t matter what party wins, as long as it serves the ordinary common people and works to make the country rich and powerful. I support Russia.

东北李不白 [网易辽宁省网友]:

Congratulations to Putin. With Putin, American needs to be careful/scared.

无毛滴野爹 [网易河北省唐山市网友]: (responding to above)

Starting from Soviet Union dictator Joseph Stalin to now,
Americans have never feared, why?
Because they have justice/righteousness on their side.

zhaoziang321 [网易北京市网友]: (also responding to 东北李不白)

It is Russia that is our biggest enemy. The United States has no interest in this country’s natural resources and territory.

1000763q [网易新疆塔城市网友]:

Everyone guess who will be elected next time!

chqx55326631295 [网易河南省安阳市网友]:

Putin’s smooth election is an embodiment of the Russian people’s will. This is a resounding slap across that lunatic old woman Hillary Clinton’s face, all day pointing and criticizing others, truly shameless.


As a result of a history of corruption, the Russian Communist Party has already become a “mouse that runs across the street” in Russia [something everyone hates], and there aren’t many voters who are willing to vote for them. If they want to revive themselves, they’ll have to wait until the next generation, or even later.

nusc [网易浙江省网友]:

Having a powerful and evil neighbor is not necessarily a bad thing. If your neighbors are all useless cunts, you too don’t have much prospects/future.

包火的纸张 [网易山东省滨州市网友]: (responding to above)

If your neighbor is a lion, would you as a bison feel safe and at ease?

nusc [网易浙江省网友]: (responding to above)

At least this kind of bison has more prospects/potential than a bison surrounded by rabbits. You can’t change who your neighbor is, all you can change is your own strength, no?


Putin is not a representative of the Russian Communist Party, but a strong man! When he was president for 8 years, he grew Russia’s economy eightfold! On this alone, the Russian people like this leader. Returning to the Kremlin this time, elected with 65% of the preliminary vote, a “Strong Man” with a face full of tears! These tears are tears of confidence, a display of continued devotion. If he doesn’t do well, he can still do a second term–12 years. If we go by his past 8-year 8-fold speed, what would Russia’s economy, military, politics, and society be like in 12 years? Let us wait and see! I have great hopes for him. Simultaneously find a better way of communicating with him!

kkkissu [网易江苏省网友]: (responding to above)

There’s one thing you need to be clear on: Russia’s economy growing several times is the work of the Russian working people, not the work of Putin by himself.

网易贵州省贵阳市网友: (responding to above)

The Russian people are the same Russian people as before. Why were they one way before and suddenly became better when he took office?

terminalman [网易广东省深圳市网友]: (responding to above)

Just a historical trend. When the Soviet Union collapsed and became the Russian Federation, there was a painful transformation, like going through labor after 10 months of pregnancy. Russia today is much better than the past system, with ample resources and little population, so there is no reason why the ordinary common people’s lives would not be better than before. Of course, Russia’s road is long, and it is still a very young and not fully democratic country.

卧槽舞矛犬假 [网易河北省网友]: (responding to 网易贵州省贵阳市网友)

I only have one thing to say: The years when Putin was in office happened to be when oil prices were skyrocketing throughout the world. Even a pig could make resource-rich nation prosperous [like Russia during that time]!

scjywxd [网易四川省网友]:

Ding, even a pig understands this is the reason…

i9i999 [网易吉林省网友]:

Putin is my idol.

What do you think?


Written by Fauna

Fauna is a mysterious young Shanghainese girl who lives in the only place a Shanghainese person would ever want to live: Shanghai. In mid-2008, she started chinaSMACK to combine her hobby of browsing Chinese internet forums with her goal of improving her English. Through her tireless translation of popular Chinese internet news and phenomenon, her English has apparently gotten dramatically better. At least, reading and writing-wise. Unfortunately, she's still not confident enough to have written this bio, about herself, by herself.


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