Dictators just want to have fun. In a bizarre but somewhat perfect coming together, Russian President Vladmir Putin and American action star Steven Seagal sat down to lunch this week, then attended a judo match in Russia. Don’t be fooled by the apparent weirdness of the situation—this was no chance meeting. The two are allegedly “old buddies” who often meet up and hang. This lunch was reportedly Putin’s attempt to bring back a Soviet-era fitness program that he believes could bring “major benefits” to those who try it. Go ahead and pinch yourself, this one’s not a dream.
LEADERS WHO LUNCH Pres. Putin and actor Seagal in Moscow on Wednesday. (Alexei Nikolsky/Presidential Press Service, via AP)