Young women across Russia have been called on to show their support for Vladimir Putin in an unusual way: by ripping off their clothes. The campaign has been launched by a group calling itself the Putin Army, which posted a slick video online.
“I’m just crazy about a man who changed our country,” says a voiceover, as we see “Diana” walking through Moscow, while the camera frequently hovers over her sizeable bust.
Later in the video, Diana meets two nubile friends and they daub “I’ll tear [clothes off] for Putin” onto skimpy T-shirts in red paint. The video ends as they rip the T-shirts off. They ask other “young, smart and beautiful” girls to “tear off something for Putin” and post a video of it online.
“The goal: For Putin to be president!” said a statement on its page on social networking site vkontakte.ru/armiaputina, Russia’s answer to Facebook. It is unclear who is behind the Putin Army, but the video bears the hallmarks of one of the pro-Kremlin youth organisations such as ‘Nashi.’
Inviting girls to strip off for Putin for the chance of winning an iPad2, the campaign comes ahead of the March 2012 presidential vote. Putin was president between 2000-2008 before handing the reins to his protege Dmitry Medvedev.
Widely seen as Russia’s key decision-maker, Putin may return to the Kremlin next year. During Russia’s Soviet era, nudity in advertising was taboo but has since become widespread, a fact which has outraged Russian feminists who say it only intensifies an already sexualized culture where prostitution is common.
It is unclear who orchestrated the campaign which was posted on the blog of parliamentarian Kirill Shchitov, from Putin’s ruling United Russia party. In October, a band of journalism students posed in lingerie for a calendar for Putin’s 58th birthday. [via The Telegrap (UK) and NYDailyNews]