A video of Russian President Dmitry Medvedev getting down to the 1990s Russian pop hit “American Boy” has gone viral since being posted to YouTube late on Tuesday.
Sporting a form-fitting silver jacket and open collar, Mr Medvedev somewhat awkwardly wiggles his hips and kicks up his heels with other party guests in the half-minute YouTube clip.
The performance attracted mixed but plentiful reactions from Russians, with nearly 300 comments only hours after it was posted. “It looks like Medvedev’s swallowed a stick,” one viewer commented.
“You dance like my father!” twitter user Stacey Uliss wrote on Medvedev’s page, to which the tech-savvy, 45-year-old president promptly posted a good-natured response.
“Age-wise that seems to be the case,” he tweeted, admitting the tune and his dance moves were dated. “We were partying at a meeting with (former) classmates a year ago. The dances/music are still those from the past,” he wrote, punctuating with smiley signs.
The Russian pop song that set him grooving topped charts in 1990 when its lyrics about escaping with a foreigner struck a chord amid the economic hardship and uncertainty accompanying the collapse of the Soviet Union.
An avid Twitter user, Medvedev is seen as more liberal and Western-leaning than his mentor and current prime minister, Vladimir Putin, a former KGB officer who steered him into the country’s top job in 2008.
Kremlin spokeswoman Natalya Timakova said the video had probably been posted by a caterer at the party, saying it showed an unfortunate lack of respect for privacy.
Mr. Putin, who could not run for a third term as president after his 2000-2008 rule, is still seen by most Russians as the man pulling the strings.