Backers of Kremlin strongman Vladimir Putin have hit upon a perhaps not-so-novel means of bolstering his political support: they have offered young Russian women the chance to win an iPad 2 by "stripping for Putin". In this YouTube vid, we observe saucy Muscovite minx Diana – who already has an iPhone 4 – striding boldly along …
People have done alot worse...
for some Cupertinian shinyness.
Apple fondleslabs + Russian fondlebabushkas = a strong (if slightly authoritarian) Russian leader
I do not think this word means what you think it means.
Hint: "little grandmother".
But what other word should I have used that the English-speaking world would have immediately recognized as quintessentially Russian and female?
I mean, fondleKurnikova just doesn't have the same ring to it, does it?
Although, come to think of it, fondleSvetlana might do the trick.
Ummmm, lovely big tubes
The shoes are hideous though
Your russian needs improvement
Baba and Babushka is not the same.
Neither is Blad'.
Nothing wrong with them
The problem is not with the shoes... It is with the wearer.
She cannot walk or to be more exact does not know how to walk in them which I find extremely surprising for an Eastern European.
The knee never straightens up so she ends up walking like Roman infantry.
"But what other word should I have used that the English-speaking world would have immediately recognized as quintessentially Russian and female?"
Problem: you don't think your audience understands enough Russian for you to make jokes in a foreign language
Solution: use any word whatsoever, even if it's about grandmothers.
I don't see it catching on in other national elections
But I can see the campaign being used for the next London Mayoral elections...
Boris is going to get his ample bosom out?
that's a nasty thought, cannot get the image you just conjured up out of my head.
Nope, he 'is' not 'has'.
Oh, I don't know
Berlusconi is probably kicking himself right now.
RE: Oh, I don't know
"Berlusconi is probably kicking himself right now." Why? After all, back in the '90s he had several years of staring at la Cicciolina in the Italian Parliament, and she used to end each and every political rally by flashing her jubs, so it would be kinda hard to tempt Italian male voters with just a bit of mild strip tease after that:
I'd vote for him...
if he promises to keep his kit on.
I suppose her real name is...
Wheres the NSFW version?
Sadly, here in the US, we don't have this kind of political ad (perhaps it would put some life back into a boring electoral process here).
However, if I lived in Moscow, this is one political rally I would attend.
I missed the 'stripping part' in the add... It says that the contestants should make a clip of themselves ripping something and the most original one will win an iPad...
What century is this again?
(+1 to you if your automatic reply is "The century of the Fruitbat"...)
This never would have been tolerated in Ms Bee's day...
The century of the fruitbat
is nearly over
try to keep up
It's not that unheard of
There was a website in the run up to the last US election entitled Governing Bodies, which was all topless women with either McCain or Obama written on their bodies. As I recall Obama was winning on there too.
The century of the fruitbat *is *ALREADY* over. It's the century of the Anchovy now.
Also in the 2004 election between Bush and Kerry
Some of the Kerry fans had some pictures depicting their, um, aversion to Bush.
By donning heavy twill trousers over three sets of underwear?
You mean . . .
It's not an advert for Eastern European Airbags?
Kudos to El Reg.
I can't think of a more insightful yet succint way of illustrating the populist nature of politics in Russia today than this and the way that the modern democratic system is subverted by image not content, much as the media theorist Neil Postman warned us about.
Though I do worry some of the more low-brow readers might mistake this for a cheap titillation.
... I only watched the video for the titillation and didn't see any!
Move along please
Nothing to see here
Silvio "bunga bunga" Berlusconi has being getting nubile young maidens to do this for years.
Paris.... bunga bunga
"Move along please
Nothing to see here"
Vladimir - you skanky strongman.
Admit it. You got the idea from your good mate Silvio. And you know what? It's as cheap and tawdry as him.
Oh, and have you got around to asking Mrs. Putin what she thinks of this striptease business?
Yea, but why stoop to an iPad?
I'd expected some serious, clunky homegrown hardware. Have some pride!
It's real modern male enlightenment festival around here today. A 2 minute flash of some young ( see you in court you dirty old sod, sort of young I mean! ) bird's cleavage and it's suddenly 1976 and all the blokes are acting 14 years old!
There you go..
I *was* 14 years old in 1976.
I find it ironic...
that the advert at the bottom of the page is for rackspace....
i will just get my...
Putin's Army will be an army of putas.
What was that last bit
about and Army for Poutine? Sounds like our Vlad is a regular Reg reader.
Either you like it or not folks, Apple has ressurected 2 significant product categories (home computers, smartphones) and created 1 new (tablets), in an era that the other companies looked like they were trying to kill the categories they "competed" in.
Have you ever used a Nokia N70 or N80? Utterly terrible. Theoretically capable of everything, yet lame and sloow at everything. I got a N70 just because I wanted the awesome Symbian S60 games gameloft was producing back then (the asphalt series etc), but the multimedia experience sucked. Blackberry? Give me a break!
As regards PCs, ever tried to use Windows 7 to convert a video to MP4? It cannot be done without the help of third party tools.
Now, I won't get an iphone because not being able to load apps from my harddisk to my own phone (even my old, locked by vodafone to death GX30i can do that with some WAP tricks) is too much flexibility to give up, so I want to get an Android phone. And i can't decide which one to get, because of all those customs UIs (facetime, Sense) and third party extensions (LG 3D) that exist out there. It's literally a "who knows what you will get with every phone" platform.
Typical Russian prawn intro,,,,
I can't believe their economy is based on that. (but could proved be wrong).
(Paris - because I like the old icons - even if she doesn't do anything for me).
Is it me or have Russian shot-putters got better looking as I've got older?
Deplorable. Absolutely deplorable. That this could happen in today's world with a generation who presumably understand about women's pride, and *this* is the best footage El Reg could come up with?
I'm ashamed to call myself British.
I was hoping....
that the video would break into some pro-Putin girl-on-girl action when the first girl greeted her friends with kisses!!
OK, I admit it ...
... there is something lower than Murdoch's approach to political support. If there is any risk of a Russian media company taking over the vacuum that will exist if NI disappears, then I suddenly don't find them so bad.