Sunday Levity: Putin’s mood-enhancement formula

But how does one get in touch with Koni?

Our man in Moscow directs us to an excerpt from Vladimir Putin’s annual journalistic free-for-all.

ALEKSANDR GAMOV: Vladimir Vladimirovich, I just wanted to ask what is your mood today?

VLADIMIR PUTIN: A fighting mood.

ALEKSANDR GAMOV: That is quite visible. I have the following question: are you often in a bad mood? What usually causes it and what do you do to get out of a bad mood?

VLADIMIR PUTIN:…And with regards to bad moods of course I have bad moods, just like everybody else. But in those situations I try to consult with my dog Koni, who gives me good advice. My wife recently gave me a good book as a present – the poems of Omar Khayyam – and there are a lot of interesting things in it that can help in these types of situations. I recommend it. [The Kremlin]