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Vladimir Putin

Vladimir Putin: Action Man, fighter pilot... jazz singer

Vlad the Impaler isn’t your average prime minister. Oh no – he has a bit of a tune in him too.

VLADIMIR PUTIN is known as being a man of many talents. Aside from twice being elected President of Russia – and being set for a third term in 2012 – he is also a martial arts expert, an adventurer, a sometime scientist, an airborne firefighter

Well, to that list we can now add ‘jazz singer’. Because – although the performance was more wooden than an orchard – last night Putin took to the stage at a charity fundraising gig, bashed out a few notes on a piano, and then launched into a rendition of ‘Blueberry Hill’ – a tune more usually known as being crooned by likes of Fats Domino or Elvis Presley.

We’re not sure if Vlad has a future in jazz, but at least we now have some indication of how well he might have performed when he infamously sang Soviet-era songs with the ten spies involved in the ‘Spy Swap’ earlier this year.

Here’s the more famous Fats Domino version for your comparative pleasure.