A video of a musical group of alleged former Russian paratroopers performing a song that is sharply critical of Prime Minister Vladimir Putin has quickly become a YouTube sensation, The New York Times reports.
By Friday evening, the band had performed the song on a private television channel, TV Dozhd (Russian for ‘TV Rain’). At the time of writing, the YouTube video had more than half a million hits.
Sporting tattoes, berets, and military decorations, the two singers and three back-up musicians leave no stone unturned in letting Putin know exactly what they think of him: a “tyrant” who has “destroyed the military”, AFP reports.
Posted under the title “Putin and Paratroopers,” the song pits the Prime Minister — who claimed in December that he thought the white ribbon (the protest movement’s symbol) was a protest against HIV — against the common man.
Here’s some lyrics, translated by the NYT:
You’re no different from me.
A man and not God.
I’m no different from you.
A man, not some hick.
We won’t let you keep lying, we won’t let you keep stealing
We’re liberated troops who defended the motherland
Ribbons of freedom are positive for all, but for you…
there nothing – just condoms.
On Dozhd, the men said they had received messages of support from all over the country, and had already attended the mass rallies in Moscow last month.
While the long holiday break and harsh January cold had protestors worried about loss of momentum, the paratroopers’ song, coupled with an anti-Putin car rally in Moscow, has helped keep the pressure on Putin.