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Putin Finds Thrill In Rendition Of 'Blueberry Hill'

Vladimir Putin took the stage in Saint Petersburg on December 10 to tickle the ivory -- see Maceo Parker's band play "Name That Tune" -- and then sing an American classic, "Blueberry Hill," in front of a celebrity-packed audience. The video provides a rare glimpse of the Russian leader sweating.

All for a good cause, as it was a benefit to raise money to fight childhood cancer...that, and to continue peddling Putin as an ex-KGB teddy bear.

-- Andy Heil

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