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Putin sings a new song as half-time is called


Putin: praised in song as someone
who's full of strength and won't run
away from problems

"My boyfriend had a fight/and got into a pretty mess/He got drunk and doped himself/with some drugs/He got me to the point/that I banished him from my side/Now I want/someone like Putin."

A pop song appeared out of the blue in Russia at the end of August about a teenage girl who gets fed up with her boyfriend and dumps him. Now she is looking for someone else, someone like Russian president Vladimir Putin, someone - so the song assures us - who is full of strength, doesn't drink, doesn't offend and who won't run away.

The strange thing about the song - which enjoyed extensive exposure on Russia's top radio programmes - was that it didn't seem to have a known band behind it. The group's name, Singing Together, mirrors the name of the youth organization Marching Together, which idolizes the president but denied having anything to do with the song.

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