'Putin party' at Moscow night club perturbs premier

1st March 2011, Comments 0 comments

A glitzy Moscow night club sparked controversy on Tuesday by advertising a dance night called Putin Party, with a flyer praising the strongman prime minister as an "object of desire."

The Rai, or Heaven, nightclub in central Moscow advertised the event on a banner across a central street, reading "Putin Party" with the slogan "I want a prime minister," the Life News website reported.

The authorities said they could pull the plug on the event, however.

Putin's press secretary said Tuesday he would consult lawyers over whether the club broke a law that using a person's name and image requires the person's consent.

"We will consult lawyers and decide what to do," Putin's spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, told the RIA Novosti news agency.

A flyer for the party on the club's website is a mock ballot paper to choose "an object of desire." Putin's name is decorated with a lipstick kiss.

A spokesman for the nightclub told AFP he could not immediately comment.

Putin flexed his toned muscles in a topless photoshoot and has been celebrated as a sex symbol in song and with an erotic calendar.

Girl group Poyushiye Vmeste, or Singing Together, sang in a popular hit from 2002 that: "I want a man like Putin, full of strength/ I want a man like Putin, who doesn't drink."

Last year, female students at Moscow State University posed in lacy lingerie for a calendar to celebrate Putin's birthday, called "Vladimir Vladimirovich, We love you. Happy Birthday Mr Putin."

Putin later praised the calendar as "beautiful" in an interview with British GQ magazine.

© 2011 AFP

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