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Putin Pop: A Guide to Russia’s Most Patriotic Music Genre

A Eurasianet partner post from Coda

A music critic once argued that Vladimir Putin-inspired songs are the worst thing Russia’s president has done to Russia. As a matter of fact, Putin songs could be regarded as an entire genre of music in their own right. From belligerent war tunes to maudlin love ballads to lavishly produced videos to amateur clips on YouTube, music of all permutations has been created to heap praise to the butch power of the Kremlin leader.
 
Some Putin song warblers are motivated by political or financial incentives, others by sincere passion for the president.
 
Here is a selection of your correspondent’s seven favorite Putin songs. A point of order: by no means is the list comprehensive and it omits some classics, such as electronic disco hit A Man Like Putin.
 
7. When We Are Together, Masha Rasputina
 

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Giorgi Lomsadze is a Tbilisi-based journalist.

A Eurasianet partner post from Coda

Putin Pop: A Guide to Russia’s Most Patriotic Music Genre

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