On her blog, Kristina Potupchik, press secretary for Nashi, a pro-Kremlin youth movement, has posted photos of the 2011 calendar under the bold question: "What can poor students get for a man who has everything?"
But their classmates have been quick to react, posting on the journalism department's LiveJournal page various comments ranging from:
"Hey, I know that girl...."
"Ok, fine, you want to get naked, but do it under your own name, don't disgrace the whole department...."
Russian "Newsweek" spoke to the press secretary at MGU, Larisa Bakulina, who said: "This was done by the students' own initiative. [...] The dean doesn't know about this."
50,000 copies of the calendar have supposedly been printed and are being sold at the Russian supermarket chain Ashan.
This is not the first calendar that has been dedicated to the soon-to-be 58-year-old prime minister, whose birthday is October 7. In 2002, two Moscow artists drew a calendar, "The 12 Moods of Putin," based on photos taken of the then-president.
-- Ashley Cleek