We talked about Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin's dislike for punk rock back in August. The same can't be said about all types of music however - he spent Friday night at a live hip hop battle.
The event was hosted by Muz TV (a Russian rival to MTV). After Putin watched MCs, rappers and breakdancers doing their stuff, he took to the stage himself to talk (not rap, sadly) to the crowd.
"Graffiti is becoming a true art, fine and delicate. And breakdance is something peculiar. This really is propaganda for a healthy lifestyle because it is hard to imagine breakdancing having anything to do with drinking and dope. I must say honestly that those young people who are pursuing these kinds of arts in our country are bringing in their own, Russian charm."