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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Kremlin Speechwriter Puts Words to Music

By day, presidential aide Dzhakhan Pollyeva's duties include preparing speeches for President Vladimir Putin. By night, she writes pop songs.

Pollyeva, credited for helping write, among other things, Putin's state-of-the-nation address in April, saw the premiere of her song "What For?" on national television last week, putting her in the ranks of Vladislav Surkov, Kremlin deputy chief of staff, and several State Duma deputies who have put their thoughts to music.

"What For?" a song about love gone bad, was sung by Alexander Buinov on Channel One television's "Star Factory" song competition on Sept. 2.

The music was borrowed from Italian singer Adriano Celentano, Komsomolskaya Pravda reported. But the lyrics were all Pollyeva's, a Channel One spokeswoman said Friday. The first line of the song goes, "A smoothly shaven snake is nuzzling at my heart with his cold nose."

A Kremlin spokesman said he did not know whether Pollyeva had written the song but that he would not be surprised if she had.

"As a creative person, Dzhakhan Redzepovna quite possibly does write songs in her free time," he said.

Pollyeva could not be reached for comment Friday.

Pollyeva is far from the only songwriter affiliated with the government. Surkov, seen as the Kremlin's main ideologist, wrote several songs for rock band Agata Kristi several years ago.

Other civil servants who have tried their hand at writing lyrics have adopted a political bent, unlike Pollyeva and Surkov.

Liberal Democratic Party leader Vladimir Zhirinovsky has recorded patriotic and anti-U.S. rap songs as well as Russian folk songs that can be downloaded from the party's web site free of charge.

Moscow City Duma Deputy Andrei Kovalyov, of the United Russia party, is the lead singer of little-known rock band Pilgrim. He writes both music and lyrics, and has said his song "Honor to Russia" should become the anthem for patriotic-minded youth.

State Duma Speaker Boris Gryzlov and pop singer Oleg Gazmanov co-authored a song in honor of United Russia for the 2003 Duma campaign, reported.

Music critic Artyom Troitsky said the civil servants were living out childhood dreams of mingling with well-known musicians. "They are happy to make up for lost time and become buddies with the idols of their youth," he said.