A Russian theatre has taken a satirical dig at Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, imagining what might happen if the brain of former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi were transplanted into Putin’s head.
Since coming to power in 2000, Vladimir Putin has revelled in cultivating the tough-guy look, posing shirtless and catching fish, driving Formula 1 cars and showing off his judo skills.
"BerlusPutin" in pictures
Serguei Epichev plays Vladimir Putin, here trasformed into Dobby the elf from the Harry Potter series. Photo credit: Segolene Allemandou/FRANCE 24
Vladimir Putin, with a washboard torso, speaks with the character of his wife Ludmila. Photo credit: Segolene Allemandou/FRANCE 24
Actor Serguei Epichev said: "It is interesting to play this kind of role in Russia. Personally, I am not at all happy with the political situation here.” Photo credit: Segolene Allemandou/FRANCE 24
Director Varvara Faer, who said that Russian people were "fed up with the way the government has been humiliating them." Photo credit: Segolene Allemandou/FRANCE 24
The absurd premise of the play has allowed the producers to insert just about any Putin-inspired conspiracy theory and hearsay into the plot.
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Date created : 2012-03-02