Vogue Russia's first issue overseen by new Editor in Chief Viktoria Davydova is now out, and it's already causing controversy. The January 2011 issue of the mag features Alina Kabaeva on the cover - a rhythmic gymnast who won gold at the 2004 Olympics who's taken the spotlight for being Prime Minister Vladimir Putin's reported mistress. Coincidentally (or perhaps not so much), the headline placed between Kabaeva's legs reads "Her Main Victory."
Davydova comes to Vogue Russia from Tatler, which has historically been more celeb-driven, so it's not exactly shocking to see a cover star like this. However, longtime fans used to the style of former editor Aliona Doletskaya (who's rumoured to be on her way to POP after submitting her Vogue resignation) aren't happy. Salt in the wound? Kabaeva is wearing the exact same gold Balmain dress that's already been on just about every other magazine cover.