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Putin detractors get creative ahead of election

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Putin detractors get creative ahead of election


With elections in Russia just over a month away, people are coming up with more humorous and satirical ways to express their dissatisfaction with presidential favourite Vladimir Putin.

One example is a song that has already had more than a million views on Youtube. Written by former paratroopers, the tune warns any future president to be open and not to steal or lie.

Stanislav Baranov said the effort was inspired by protests since December’s elections.

“We went to the rally at Sakharov Avenue on December 24th. The next day we got together and Mikhail had the idea of this song, this anthem. It’s the sort of thing we think the movement is lacking,” he explained.

The song also criticises Putin’s mocking of tens of thousands of protesters who wore white ribbons as a symbol of solidarity and revolution. Putin accused the demonstrators of having condoms pinned to their chests.

Another cartoon uses the music from the Russian version of the famous tale Pinocchio. It shows Putin as the fox character, who is articulate, and current president Dmitry Medvedev as the cat, who just repeats whatever the fox says.

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