Vladimir Putin nominated for Hip-Hop Award, Still likes his Turtleneck

Posted on April 16, 2010 by


Russian Prime Minister Vladamir Putin has been nominated for the “Event of the Year” award at Muz TV’s Russian Street Awards, for his appearance at Muz TV’s “Battle for Respect,” where he crowned the champ, rapper Zhigan.

At the event, he extolled hip-hop’s “rough” social message and role in keeping Russian youth away from drugs and alcohol, saying “I do not think that ‘top-rock’ or ‘down-rock’ break dance technique is compatible with alcohol or drugs.”

Here’s the video:

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So Vlad’s got some street cred to go along with his impressive economic reforms and black belt. Seriously, the dude’s a bad-ass:

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But he’s still not going to let you talk shit about him.