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Monday, September 29, 2014

This is Not a Tableau at Madame Tussaud's, though that Might Look More Lifelike

This is one of the official photos from the opening of the Fourth Caspian Sea Summit in Astrakhan.

Wax figures? Action figures for international affairs wonks? Or just a bunch of guys who are really, really, uncomfortable with each other?

Aliyev of Azerbaijan (left), Putin, and Nazarbayev of Kazakhstan (2nd from right) look particularly unrealistic. Has Putin hired as his makeup man the guy who used to freshen up the Lenin tomb? He's stiff enough.

Rouhani and Turkmen President Gurbanguly almost look human by comparison.

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