Nobody was expecting President Vladimir Putin, a man big on traditional Russian patriarchy, to weigh in on International Women's Day, but he's full of surprises like that.
The Kremlin tweeted this odd message complete with a miserable shot Vlad saying, "Today is International Women's Day. Congratulations from the President," a message so without embellishment or emotion that it is hard to take seriously.
The tweet feels particularly hollow given just last month the Russian strongman passed a law that decriminalises many acts of domestic violence and puts women at risk in a country where a woman dies every 40 minutes from domestic abuse.
Nobody is buying your 'soft side' Mr President.