...After the last twelve months, you’ve earned it.
Meanwhile, gushing birthday wishes have flowed from all corners of Russia. Many were so over the top, they would have made Stalin blush.
From Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill: "Wisdom based on rich political experience, typical for you, is a guarantee of stability in our state."
Or how about this attempt (at irony?) from Nezavisimaya Gazeta: "The country is again at a crossroads wondering whether it might perish or not…We congratulate you comrade Putin and ask God to give you another 120 years."
Make that 420 years. We love Putin more.