Who are you? Come on! Goodbye! (Putin vs Zhirinovsky)

By bne IntelliNews June 27, 2012

bne -

You can shout down angry criticism, but it's hard to squash a good joke. The Russian opposition has proven yet again it has a very good sense of humour .

There is a catch phase doing the rounds in Russia at the moment: Who are you? Come on! Goodbye!? (It makes more sense in Russian).

It comes from a video of a party in rural Azerbaijan at which a group of men perform the traditional Meyhana - basically a rap. Coming from the Astara region in the southern tip of Azerbaijan on the border with Iran, the men sing in a mix of Russian, Azeri and the local Talysh language - a form of Persian.

The footage quickly went viral and has over 3.2m hits after it was co-opted by the Russian opposition movement and redirected at President Vladimir Putin. It didn't take long for someone to get their Mac out and cut the song together with footage of a debate between Putin and the leader of the nationalist LDPR Vladimir Zhirinovsky.

This video follows on from our personal favourite, a flash mob rendition of Putin on the Ritz.

However, this latest story has a nasty sting in the tail. The authorities in Azerbaijan obviously didn't like what was happening and took the message of the song to be directed against them. Khilal Mamedov, editor of the Talyshi Sado newspaper and author of the video, was arrested at the weekend for procession of heroin.

Police confirmed Friday that Mamedov had been arrested with 5.8 grams of heroin, while another 28.3 grams were discovered at his residence. Police have opened a criminal investigation, and Mamedov could face from three to twelve years in prison.

Talyshi Sado is a Talysh language newspaper that represents the local minority that lives in southern Azerbaijan. The arrest is widely seen as politically motivated.

Who are you? Come on! Goodbye!

Notice: Undefined index: social in /var/www/html/application/views/scripts/index/article.phtml on line 259

Related Articles

Drum rolls in the great disappearing act of Russia's banks

Jason Corcoran in Moscow - Russian banks are disappearing at the fastest rate ever as the country's deepening recession makes it easier for the central bank to expose money laundering, dodgy lending ... more

Kremlin: No evidence in Olympic doping allegations against Russia

bne IntelliNews - The Kremlin supported by national sports authorities has brushed aside "groundless" allegations of a mass doping scam involving Russian athletes after the World Anti-Doping Agency ... more

PROFILE: Day of reckoning comes for eccentric owner of Russian bank Uralsib

Jason Corcoran in Moscow - Revelations and mysticism may have been the stock-in-trade of Nikolai Tsvetkov’s management style, but ultimately they didn’t help him to hold on to his ... more