Moscow residents line up in a mall in the city's centre to buy patriotic T-shirts bearing the likeness of President Vladimir Putin. Tara Cleary reports.
Putin in uniform, Putin wearing shades - a new range of t-shirts depicting Russia's president, Vladimir Putin, are all the rage in Moscow, with residents queuing for the chance to show off their leader. Designers Ivan Yershov and Anna Trifonova say their t-shirt slogans like 'Everything's Going Fine' and 'The Most Polite of People'' are heartfelt sentiments. SOUNDBITE: Ivan Yershov and Anna Trifonova, T-shirt designers, saying (Russian): Yershov: "There's no irony here. This is absolutely serious. The sayings are correct. 'The most polite of people', it's real, we think." Trifonova: "And the mottos are very strong, and the text we choose has strong motivational meanings." Shoppers say they want to show their support for Putin at a time when Russia is increasingly under pressure from the West over its policy in Ukraine. SOUNDBITE: Maxim, Moscow resident, saying (Russian): "The pressure on our country, Russia, has intensified, and now I think it's time to let our leaders know we are with them." SOUNDBITE: Svetlana, Moscow resident, saying (Russian): "I think now we should wear these T-shirts so that the whole world sees that our country, our people support our president's policies and our government." And for around $30 U.S. dollars, scores of Muscovites are paying to put on their Putin.