Under the Radar

Prime Minister Superstar


We already knew that Russia's Vladimir Putin was the Most Interesting Prime Minister in the World, but no one could have predicted he'd bust out with a performance of Fats Domino's "Blueberry Hill" in a room full of celebrities that included Kurt Russell and Goldie Hawn, Sharon Stone, Kevin Costner and a very portly Gerard Depardieu. Mickey Rourke might even be hiding there behind Gerard. Plus the whole thing looks like it's taking place on a set from a Roger Moore Bond film.

Even after you learn that it was (allegedly) a spontaneous performance in Saint Petersburg for a Russian children's charity, it doesn't really clear up the mystery. Do American (and French) movie stars secretly travel the world to attend charity events hosted by world leaders? Are they paid to show up?

Was Kurt Russell just being polite or was he really into the performance. After all, Putin might show more promise than Kurt did in his own teen idol singing career.

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