Beijing: If you visit Anhui province in central China, you will be glad to meet ‘Vladimir Putin’. Confused? How can one meet the Russian Prime Minister in a tiny village inside China? Don’t be surprised, this Putin is not the actual one. He is in fact his lookalike.
Luo Yuan Ping has become a minor celebrity in both China and Russia after a visiting journalist discovered his likeness to Putin. Luo, a farmer, says that whenever he sees Putin on TV, he imagines making a visit to Russia.
Fellow villagers in Anhui province have begun to call the 48-year-old Luo “Brother Putin”. He is reportedly delighted about the attention he has received and the village is also glad to have a local celebrity.
Luo, who is single, also hopes the attention may help him find a wife. “I wish to have a wife and a family,” he told a reporter.
The surprise celebrity has also found himself a new job. He recently gave up farming and started work as a nurse.