With a serious face, in a sober suit, surrounded by a group of soldiers. In a year marked by a ten-month war in Ukraine, the usual New Year’s speech of the President of Russia had to be adjusted. But while Vladimir Putin spoke of a year of “difficult and necessary” decisions – in the longest message since the end of his year in office – eyes were also drawn to the figures behind him, where a familiar face stood out.
At first glance, it seems that the blonde woman on Putin’s left has no reason to stand out from the crowd. But social media hasn’t forgotten the face, and photos have begun to circulate that appear to show the military at other meetings with the Russian leader, assuming different roles.