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BBC News - In pictures: The 12 Labours of... Putin

BBC News - In pictures: The 12 Labours of... Putin Tuesday October 7 th , 2014  at  9:46 AM BBC News - Europe 1 Share 6 October 2014   Last updated at  20:44 ET   By Steve Rosenberg   BBC News, Moscow Russian President Vladimir Putin as Hercules in a new art exhibition In Greek mythology, Heracles, or Hercules, the son of Zeus, performed 12 labours: a dozen incredibly difficult and highly dangerous tasks. But slaying the Neamean lion or battling the Lernaean hydra must have been a walk in the park, compared to what Vladimir Putin has had to deal with. At least, that's the impression you get from this bizarre exhibition. The original 12 Labours of Hercules were acts of penance and toil performed by the Greek hero. To mark Vladimir Putin's 62nd birthday, Hercules' tasks have been given a Russian makeover. Mythical monsters have been replaced by modern monstrosities such as terrorism. Mr Putin grapples with the multi-headed hydra