Medvedev Gets Sexed Up on the Internet

Youtube.ruGloria editor Yevgenia Baturina said that, so far, Medvedev's rating among the ladies is "unfortunately, not very high."
First, the Russian people — with a lot of help from Vladimir Putin — made him president. Now, someone seems to be trying to turn Dmitry Medvedev into a sex symbol.

In a clip that has been drawing attention on the Internet, a curvy young brunette declares her love and passion for the recently inaugurated president, in a dubbed and altered version of a prank video originally focusing on U.S. presidential candidate Barack Obama.

The video opens with a then-candidate Medvedev promising a United Russia party congress that he would cooperate with former-President Vladimir Putin and, if elected, be true to Putin's policies.

But the busty young woman in the video — clad in a tight T-shirt with a Medvedev portrait that does a fair bit of moving around, is devoted only to the new president.

"You came into politics together with Putin," she sings breathlessly (and obviously dubbed) in Russian, while staring longingly at the new leader. "I didn't want anyone else as much as I want you. … I need to be sexy and cool with you. I've got a crush on a bear."

Medved, of course, is Russian for bear.

"I have dreams about you at night," she purrs on as she walks through a New York City scene in which all the street names have been changed to Cyrillic. "I want to have your children."

The rest of the footage consists largely of her posing in various stages of undress near pictures of the new president, with the name "Medved" appearing on her scanty, red and digitally altered panties.

The video is a humorous alteration of "I Got a Crush on Obama," a popular Internet video posted in June and featuring a young woman singing of her love for the U.S. presidential hopeful.

The clip, which has spawned many a sequel, earned instant Internet fame for actress and model Amber Lee Ettinger.

Ettinger sings about her love for Obama while gazing passionately at his portrait, interspersed with segments of her dancing on office tables and in the New York subway, and of her dreaming of becoming Obama's wife and U.S. first lady.

The U.S. clip was shown on television and on, where it generated more than 3 million clicks.

The Russian edition, likely created by unknown Russian enthusiasts armed with video-editing software, features a dubbed, poppy R&B soundtrack — something unlikely to win points with the heavy rock, Deep Purple aficionado Medvedev. She even welcomes Medvedev as the new Russian president in Olbanian, the popular RuNet slang that distorts words for comic effect.

Obama's portraits are also replaced with a shaded Medvedev edition, in which he almost resembles a Hindu god.

"It is normal for newsmakers like Medvedev and Obama to receive this sort of treatment," said Anton Nosik, one of the pioneers of the Russian Internet.

Six years ago, the girl band Poyushchiye Vmeste, or "Singing Together," devoted a pop song to Putin. In the song, Putin was portrayed as the answer to the prayers of a woman with a drunken, boorish boyfriend.

"I'm so fed up with him, I dumped him / And now I want someone like Putin / Someone like Putin, full of strength / Someone like Putin, who doesn't drink / Someone like Putin, who doesn't hurt me / Someone like Putin, who won't run away," the lyrics say.

Compared with Boris Yeltsin, Russia's hard-drinking and often ailing first president, Putin, with his black belt in judo and moderate alcohol intake, looked like an impressive specimen. Numerous stories in the media touched on the theme of women having dreams — often erotic — about him.

So far, there are no reports of dreams linked to Medvedev, but a government official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he is not authorized to talk to the press, said it was only "a question of time."

So will the transfer of power earn Medvedev some of Putin's macho image as well?

"Let's wait a little bit. Let's not rush the events," the official said jokingly.

One Kremlin spokeswoman, who also spoke on condition of anonymity, said the quality was not transferable.

"He is a young and attractive man, and it is normal to attract that kind of attention," she said, after which she refused to answer any more questions.

Yevgenia Baturina, the editor of the women's magazine Gloria, which is published by The Moscow Times' parent company, Independent Media Sanoma Magazines, said she found the idea of Medvedev becoming a sex symbol "rather funny."

"Women like strong men with the right expression in their eyes. Eyes that project force, intelligence, independence a certain 'bounce,' and sometimes even some obstinacy, are desirable," she said. "But Medvedev looks at Putin like he is looking at a divinity, and this is almost feminine."

"Even the animal 'medved' has nothing to do with Medvedev," she added. "Despite his surname, he has nothing in common [with a bear]. He looks more like a hare or a squirrel.

"So far, his rating among the ladies is, unfortunately, not very high," Baturina said.

One official with United Russia, the party headed by Putin, said the clip was a joke created by young people "who have their own way of looking at politics."

"What I'm sure of is that this is not something done by the opposition," he said. "They would never come up with such an idea. All they can do well is scream."

As for the danger that Putin might become jealous were Medvedev to replace him in the dreams of Russian women, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said he didn't know the answer to the question.

"Medvedev is the head of the state, the president of the Russian Federation, and Putin is the head of the government. This is all I can say," he said.