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  • Artist Alexei Sergiyenko shows off his paintings of Russian President Vladimir Putin during the opening of the exhibition "Putin: The Most Kind-Hearted Man in the World" at the Flacon design workshop in Moscow on Sunday Oct. 7, 2012. (AP Photo/Sergey Ponomarev)

    Russia celebrates Putin's 60th birthday with fanfare

    Kremlin officials like to insist that Russian President Vladimir Putin does not care for big birthday bashes and that he was to spend his 60th on Sunday quietly celebrating with close friends and family in his home city, St. Petersburg.

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