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How The Kremlin Is Using Sex To Sell Putin

A screen grab from a raunchy "Putin's Army" video
A screen grab from a raunchy "Putin's Army" video
"I'm scared," the girl says, "I want my choice to be based on love." The doctor, his glasses perched on his nose, looks down at her reclined on a leather chair. "I understand you, it's always scary the first time." The doctor then points to a copy of "Time" magazine with Putin on the cover and says, "Trust is love." Sweeping panpipes kick in, reminiscent of the "Titanic" theme tune, and the girl happily trots off to the polling station.

The campaign ad from the youth group Nashi is the latest in a series of pro-Kremlin campaign videos that use sex to sell Putin's candidacy ahead of the March 4 election. 



Last year, Putin's Army of scantily clad women ripped off their clothes and lovingly unboxed Apple products. One time, the girls got together to make a chocolate cake for Putin. Or, with aesthetics borrowed from the car-washing scene in "Cool Hand Luke," Putin's girls strip off and get soapy

The ads just get more and more bizarre. Before shaking hands with Putin, one Russian man decided that he would somehow transfer good vibes by fondling the breasts of 1,000 girls on the street. Many accepted the offer, many didn't.

And in what might be a metaphor for the end of innocence, in this video a teddy bear is ripped up and then -- with pornographic predictability -- all the ladies start catfighting and ripping off each other's clothes.

But the one that really takes the cake is the "Girls for Putin" music video, where at one point the singer pines for Putin while nursing a bottle of Jack Daniels. For some reason she also wants to be Putin's dog, Connie, so she paints her face (as a dog). Then she drinks more whisky, plays air guitar with a baseball bat, strips, and spits on a smashed pumpkin.



Putin's campaign managers are obviously hoping for a little of the George Clooney effect: the men want to be him; the women want to be with him. The campaigns are certainly slick and well-produced and closely ape the visual styles of both late-night glamour TV and pornography. Not only are they targeting the young, but specifically young urban professionals (all those power suits and gleaming gadgets).

Those young urban professionals -- riding high on the oil boom -- once formed the bedrock of Putin's support. But now much of that emboldened, entitled middle class has started to want more in terms of political rights. It's no accident that this young, professional class is now a key component of Russia's opposition, which has taken to the streets in recent months. 

Russia's younger generation is also apathetic. In the 2007 parliamentary elections, one poll found that only one-fifth of 18-24 year olds would vote. The final turnout in 2007 was 64 percent. In this ad, a young man and woman canoodle in a polling booth. The message here isn't just that voting for United Russia is sexy, but voting is sexy, period.



Such ads might also be partially aimed at an international audience rather than average Russians -- tailor-made material for the likes of RT that show a lively, thriving RuNet, where opposition voices coexist with the regime's girl fans.

It all makes Obama Girl look rather tame.

Tags: Vladimir Putin,RuNet

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by: Jack from: US
February 22, 2012 20:03
compare to US "election" campaign where carefully pre-selected "candidates" compete with each other in banality and dishonesty
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by: Rick
February 22, 2012 22:40
I see something of interessant

about John bang bang McCain

who do a spot with a famous sherif for be very hard

a man in first line against mexican illegal migration

And than ....

arrive a scandal

becouse this sherif is gay

and his "friend" was a mexican illegal in USA


My litle john bang bang McCain ... you are like donald duck !
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by: Mike from: US
February 23, 2012 00:05
Based on your comments, you really seem to hate the states. So I want to know, if its so horrible to live in the US, then why the hell do you live there? Go back to wherever you came from, or at least have the decency to respect the country you live in, whether you were born there or immigrated to.
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by: Eugenio from: Vienna
February 23, 2012 10:26
Mike, send them all to Guantanamo and torture them there until they acquire the required degree of decency and start respecting the country they "were born in or immigrated to" :-)!
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by: Jack from: US
February 23, 2012 13:58
Mike, unlike some people with little or not brain capacity, I'm able to separate great American people and country from the criminal syndicate called US federal government. If you are not able to draw the distinction, you may do quite well in Hitler's Germany, Stalin USSR, or Saudi Arabia of present time.
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by: Ilya
February 24, 2012 06:28
Would he also do well in North Korea, Syria, Russia, Iran, Venezuela and Belarus ? Or are those the 'good' kinds of autocracies?
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by: Eugenio from: Vienna
February 24, 2012 09:00
JACK is saying: "great American people" :-)))). Aha, these very same great people, 40 per cent of whom have still not figured out where Canada is; those very same great people who, on a regular basis, get a couple of machine guns, then go to their neighbouring school and shoot dozens of their own class-mates and teachers into pieces (like in Columbine), those very same great people who have invented Bevus and Butthead (the ultimate expression of the gringo genius :-)), those very same great people who have DEMOCRATICALLY elected George W. Bush - this unmatched expression of all human virtues and the gringo giant of modern thought - to be their president TWICE etc etc etc... I mean, one really has to have "little or not brain capacity" at all not to admire these wonderful, humane, intelligent, brilliant people :-))))). Que vivan los gringos :-))!!!
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by: Frank
February 27, 2012 10:49
This excerpt is pretty rich coming from an RFE/RL piece:

"Such ads might also be partially aimed at an international audience rather than average Russians -- tailor-made material for the likes of RT that show a lively, thriving RuNet, where opposition voices coexist with the regime's girl fans."

****

never mind how RFE/RL's coverage of Rusisa and Serbia finds support among anti-Serb and anti-Russian bigots, while getting props by supposedly responsible venues like JRL - the latter being of a wonky tonk flawed variant.


by: Eugenio from: Vienna
February 23, 2012 08:10
I mean, Jack is right: Putin has got a pretty good selection in comparison to some kind of Mitt Monkey Santorum :-))). "I want to be your Conny on the table and on the balkony" - a funny song :-))))))))))))))
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by: Mike from: US
February 23, 2012 18:09
Where do you come off comparing others to backing up these regimes? Nearly all your comments are filled with anti American pro Russian governmental slogans. As far as brain capacity goes, I'd expect even the dumbest person to understand that Putin's Russia is no different from Hitlers Germany, and Stalin's USSR, and anyone backing Putin is a fascist himself. It always amazes me how low people are willing to go, just to somehow prove that they are right. LOL
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by: rick
February 23, 2012 19:58
Russians choose their president

and if they choose a fascist

maybe that also them are fascist



You want deny them this right ?

And what could be more fascist than deny this right ?!?!?
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by: Eugenio from: Vienna
February 23, 2012 21:25
To MIKE. you are saying: "It always amazes me how low people are willing to go, just to somehow prove that they are right." Ah, dude, I am so sorry for disappointing you, but you still have to admit that the videos posted together with this article are more entertaining than the selection of old gringo geezers that you probably have to enjoy seeing on TV every day when following the US pres. campaign .-)).
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by: Ilya
February 24, 2012 06:32
Rick, sadly the Russians only get to 'choose' their president in rigged elections and in a repressed media environment. That's not a real choice. I'll consider respecting Putin when he holds free elections, frees the media, and shows some respect for individual rights.
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by: Rick from: milan
February 25, 2012 00:26
My dear
also visiting this same website
you should understand that is quite easy to express dissent in russia

nothing so tragic as many Western media would like
you believe

Today I read that Kodorkosky invites the people to don't vote for Putin ....

Who is urging ? Kodorkosky?!?!?

but this man is not imprisoned like was imprisoned
"The Count of Monte Cristo" ?

In how many countries,
including the USA
a prisoner is allowed to have a blog,
or to have free contact with the outside ?

This would be sufficient to understand
that Russia is not the monster that RFE
paint for you every day
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by: Anonymous
February 25, 2012 15:59
Rick,
I'm not saying that the sitution is as bad as in North Korea or Syria, but the Russian government clearly controls the national broadcast media while turning a blind eye to attacks against opposition journalists. This is not a free country and these elections will not be fair.

by: Eugenio from: Vienna
February 23, 2012 13:44
VIDEO of 130,000-strong pro-Putin rally in Moscow: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Ticlo5SbjA&list=UUpwvZwUam-URkxB7g4USKpg&index=2&feature=plcp

by: Ilya
February 24, 2012 06:24
"Before shaking hands with Putin, one Russian man decided that he would somehow transfer good vibes by fondling the breasts of 1,000 girls on the street. Many accepted the offer, many didn't."
Imagine the action you could get if you could get Putin to agree to touch some of your other body parts.

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Written by Luke Allnutt, Tangled Web focuses on the smart ways people in closed societies are using social media, mobile phones, and the Internet to circumvent their governments and the efforts of less-than-democratic governments to control the web. 
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