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The Bald-Hairy Rule of Russian Leadership

October 15, 2012

 

While we are on the topic of hair, there is a fascinating unbroken sequence that has been afflicting Russian leadership for almost 200 years. It turns out that Russian Rulers (we hesitate to call them elected leaders) run in a alternating sequence of bald and hairy where every bald (male) leader is followed by a hairy (male) leader and vice versa. Perhaps with the passing of each bald leader there is a longing for more hairiness, which once sated, leaders to wishes for different leadership and a tendency to take baldness as an indicator of a shiny new future.

For the full story see: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bald–hairy

But for the proof of the bald-hair assertion you only have to check the pictures below.

Bald leaders Portrait Hairy leaders Portrait
Nicholas I
(1825–1855)
Alexander II
(1855–1881)
Alexander III
(1881–1894)
Nicholas II
(1894–1917)
Georgy Lvov
(1917)
Alexander Kerensky
(1917)
Vladimir Lenin
(1917–1924)
Joseph Stalin
(1924–1953)
Nikita Khrushchev
(1953–1964)
Leonid Brezhnev
(1964–1982)
Yuri Andropov
(1982–1984)
Konstantin Chernenko
(1984–1985)
Mikhail Gorbachev
(1985–1991)
Boris Yeltsin
(1991–1999)
Vladimir Putin
(2000–2008)
Dmitry Medvedev
(2008–2012)
Vladimir Putin
(2012–present)

 
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