This may seem like one of those silly-season fillers, but it’s actually deadly serious. Much of Putin’s popularity in Russia is rooted in his strong-man image: the latest in a long line of autocrats from the Czars through Stalin. Hence all those pictures of bare-chested Putin, judo-champ Putin, etc. So a story to the effect that he hired an ABBA tribute band—Bjorn Again—for a private recital, and danced to it, is potentially lethal. Needless to say, Putin’s spokespeople are stoutly denying he attended any such concert.
Putin hits the dance floor—for ABBA
Russian strongman reportedly hired a tribute band for a private recital