Cheerleaders wish Medvedev 'Happy Birthday, Mr President'
Russian President Dmitry Medvedev turned 46 on Wednesday, with a group of fans in cheerleading outfits marking the occasion by singing "Happy Birthday, Mr President" on Red Square.
Five young women who call themselves "Medvedev's Girls" donned red, white and blue coloured mini-dresses and burst into a slightly off-key version of the song, as performed by Marilyn Monroe for John F. Kennedy in 1962.
"We think Dmitry Medvedev is the best president ever elected. We hope he will stand again in 2012," said activist Yulia Semyonova.
The group then handed in a cake complete with candles and an iPhone decorated with a picture of Medvedev to the presidential administration, but were apparently not granted a personal audience with the leader, who spent the day at work.
The group emerged this summer, adding sex appeal to Medvedev's image, previously overshadowed by the macho antics of his partner in the tandem, Vladimir Putin, as speculation mounted on which will stand as president.
Putin has previously prompted students at a Moscow university to strip to lingerie and declare their undying love for him in an erotic calendar, as well as inspiring a pop song called "I want a man like Putin."
In a previous stunt, two of the Medvedev Girls stripped to bikinis in a central Moscow square, claiming this would promote Medvedev's legislation against beer drinking.
Separately, the Nashi pro-Kremlin youth group gathered birthday wishes from passers-by outside a Moscow university and posted them on Twitter.
A survey carried out by state polling agency VTsIOM for the occasion found that 50 percent of Russians could not come up with any ideas associated with Medvedev, while 47 percent could not name any of his achievements.
© 2011 AFP