Fan clubs are big business around the world. Members spend millions on merchandise and trip conventions, where they are united through the collective glow of adoration for anything from Star Trek to sausages.
But in the suburbs of Moscow, a group of fresh-faced students wearing bright orange t-shirts can claim to be part of one of the world’s most unusual appreciation societies.
Since the members of this club have an average age of 18, it would be reasonable to imagine the object of their devotion to be a boy band or a hot new film star. But no, the 1,500 members of the “VV Fan Club” have a more heavyweight idol—the Russian president, Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin.
Reading through the smut I wrote for the latest chapter of Red after watching hours and hours of RuPaul’s drag race and now I just feel like I should add ‘You go gurl’ to the end of every sentence. Plus it’s RuPaul’s voice resonating in my head while I read it so it sounds a lot like…