MOSCOW -- Russian President Vladimir Putin marks his 60th birthday on October 7. There will be a VIP concert in Putin's native St. Petersburg and the youth wing of the ruling United Russia party is holding events throughout the country. Meanwhile, opposition activists have started a Facebook page titled "Help An Old Man Retire." I took to the streets in Moscow to ask residents of the Russian capital what kind of birthday present they would give their president.
Aysha Umbet, 13, is a school girl who sings in a choir in the Bolshoi theater:
"If I knew him, I would give him an enormous piece of chocolate because he always seems so sad. He probably wants something sweet. It seems to me that it is quite hard to run a country. Of course there was also President [Dmitry] Medvedev, but Putin has done a lot for the country and he is tired. That's probably why he's sad. That's why we need to make him happy so he smiles more."
Tamara, 67, is a pensioner who spoke to us on her way to buy theater tickets:
"[I would give him] patience. Not patience with us [the older generation]. We are already used to living in different circumstances in life. I wish him patience with the younger generation."
Irina Belova is a 29-year-old journalist:
"Vladimir Putin of course already has everything. A present for him therefore must be very unusual and from the heart. So it would have to be something I made myself. If I could draw well, I would draw him a picture."
Magomed Abdurakhman is a 45-year-old driver from Dagestan:
"What can you give as a present to someone like Putin? All you can do is wish him good health so he can continue to work."