He's known for rigid control of his country, a shadowy background in the KGB, and an atrocious record on human rights. But now Vladimir Putin has a contender for scariest top dog in Russia: this Staffordshire terrier-German shepherd mix from Kiev that looks just like him.
Presumably this is one canine that no one wants to screw with. Other than the steely stare, intense eyes, and matching coats (work with me here), Putin and his doggy doppleganger also apparently share an interest in cat butts:
News of the dog first appeared on the Russian-language web site obozrevatel.com, and his owner would apparently like to remain unidentified.
No word yet on whether a pet has been found that resembles Assad.