Looks like Vladimir Putin is far better at playing American politicians than the piano. (No journalists were killed in the making of this video.)
It was a moment of downtime in Beijing, and Vladimir Putin took to the piano to lumber through a few Soviet tunes. On a shiny grande that was eerily out of tune, Putin played single-note renditions of two Russian classics.
Of course, this wasn’t exactly Evgeny Kissin, the Moscow-born pianist of world renown. Though Putin’s playing does pair well with Godfather-esque puppet-stringing.
For those keeping score at home, the ditties were “Evening Song” by Vasily Solovyov-Sedoi and “Moscow Windows” by Tikhon Khrennikov. Those songs aren’t familiar to American ears, though most Russians will instantly recognize the melodies. “Evening Song” sings the praises of old Leningrad, now St. Petersburg. As the name suggests, “Moscow Windows” pays homage to Russia’s largest metropolis.
Actually, both are the unofficial anthems for each respective city, making this impromptu moment appear a bit staged. The ‘spontaneous’ playing happened while Putin was waiting to see Chinese President Xi Jinpin. Just last week, the two leaders met to discuss the “Belt and Road” cooperative trade initiative.
Accordingly, Sputnik News filmed to bit with an international audience in mind. On YouTube, views have already surpassed the 100,000 mark. And most of the comments in English.
Which means plenty of YouTube-appropriate roasting to go around (free from the reprisals of death).
Actually, if you want to hear some serious political piano playing, check out Emmanuel Macron. Or, Condoleezza Rice, who played for Queen Elizabeth four years back.