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Figures of Trump and Putin meet in Bulgarian mall

Associated Press logo Associated Press 1/04/2017 By VESELIN TOSHKOV, Associated Press
Wax museum employee Nikolay Borisov puts final touches to the wax models of US President Donald Trump, left, and Russian President Vladimir Putin, right, displayed in the wax museum in Sofia, Friday March 31, 2017. The wax figures of both leaders and other international personalities are part of a visiting exhibition from the Retro Museum from the Black Sea town of Varna, going on show to the public for the first time on Saturday. (AP Photo/Valentina Petrova) © The Associated Press Wax museum employee Nikolay Borisov puts final touches to the wax models of US President Donald Trump, left, and Russian President Vladimir Putin, right, displayed in the wax museum in Sofia, Friday March 31, 2017. The wax figures of both leaders and other international personalities are part of a visiting exhibition from the Retro Museum from the Black Sea town of Varna, going on show to the public for the first time on Saturday. (AP Photo/Valentina Petrova)

SOFIA, Bulgaria — You wouldn't expect to encounter Donald Trump in a Bulgarian shopping mall, especially not standing next to Vladimir Putin.

Wax figures of both presidents are part of a visiting exhibition staged by the famous Retro Museum from the Black Sea town of Varna.

It took nearly six months to create the Trump figure, museum owner Tsvetan Atanasov explained, adding that the hair was the hardest part.

Putin's figure is a shorter, with a clenched fist.

"After making the life-size figure of Putin eight months ago, it was only logical to invite Trump to our museum," Atanasov told The Associated Press.

"I hope they will meet soon for real, because they are leaders of two military superpowers and our peace depends a lot on them," he added.

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