A raunchy pro-Putin music video has been released in the lead up to the Russian election.
The song by girl band Fabrika has since gone viral on the Russian web and appears to try and turn the 65-year-old Kremlin strongman into a sex symbol in a bid to gain more votes.
While the video is not part of his official campaign it is aimed at boosting his popularity.
In the footage the group’s three members writhe around in their underwear while repeatedly using the word Vova – a familiar short form of the name Vladimir .
Putin is also subtly featured in the video on the front cover of Time magazine, in a picture topless on horseback and on a TV screen.
The overarching theme is three female officer workers dreaming of Putin rather than their jobs.
Part of the song translated says: "Vova, our boss, beloved Vova.
"Vova, handsome guy, our beloved boss.
"Vova, the boss, beloved Vova.
"Vova, only him."
It then goes on to say: "He will strictly reprimand each girl, all is bad, all is done in the wrong way… but whatever, we still love you."
The strange song is the latest from the female pop group which includes Irina Toneva, 40, Alexandra Savelieva, 34, and Alexandra Popova, 26.
They have won the Russian music award for the best song six times.
The song seems to aim at spicing up the presidential election campaign which is so dull because the Kremlin has banned any genuine Putin foes from standing.
At times it seems so absurd that it verges on parody – except if it was it would have been banned.
And as the singers continue writhing around in lingerie the song continues: "Tomorrow we will meet him at the corporate party, and I will come up to him with a glass of Martini, and we’ll continue at his place, it is too late, girls, tomorrow Vova and I are getting married."
Earlier in the campaign Russian Maxim magazine produced web adverts featuring female models in underwear posing at a polling station.
It seemed to aim to want to persuade young males – seen as pro-Putin – to take the time out to vote.
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