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Deep Purple and Russian politics

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Parody circulated on the Internet: faces of some Russian politicians plastered over an imaginary LP cover.

Apparently Deep Purple plays an important role in the bizzare world of Russian politics. President Vladimir Putin is supposed to step down after his second term expires in 2008. It was reported earlier that the two presidential hopefuls in the elections, current first deputy prime minister Dmitry Medvedev and minister of defence Sergei Ivanov were spotted in the audience and mingling backstage at the DP show in Moscow in October 2006.

Now an English language newspaper St.Petersburg Times reports

Vladislav Surkov, the deputy head of presidential administration and and the Kremlin’s ideologist, and Dmitry Medvedev, the first deputy prime minister often seen as President Vladimir Putin’s preyemnik, or successor, revealed they are both fans of Deep Purple, according to Vedomosti newspaper.

Meeting around 20 activists from pro-Kremlin youth organizations such as Nashi and Rossiya Molodaya late last month, Surkov was reported as saying about Medvedev and himself: “We are think alike on most subjects, the only difference in terms… We both like Deep Purple, but he likes ‘Kentucky Woman’ better while I like ‘Lazy.’”

It remains to be seen whether the next Russian president will indeed be a Deep Purple fan or the candidates are just trying to score some points with the electorate due to the legendary status that the band enjoys in Russia.

10 Comments to “Deep Purple and Russian politics”:

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    Deep Purple, news and stuff » JLT plays for Russian Prime Minister says:

    […] the two were invited back to Russia’s capital by the Prime Minister for a performance for his cabinet and staff on Russian Independence Day (June […]

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    Pref says:


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    al_evilproof says:

    HA-HA-HA! From Russia with love! Deep Purple rules!

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    Medvedev says:

    Deep Purple are okay but the Russian president in waiting should listen to the Sex Pistols!
    Anarchy in Russia.
    What’s new!

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    oh noooo says:

    ПАЗОР НАХ, ПОШЕЛ ТАПИТЬ ДИСКИ В УНИТАЗЕ.((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((

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    oh noooo says:


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    oh noooo says:

    Pozor nah, poshel topit` vse diski v unitaze.
    Samii strashnii pozor, Gillan budet pet dlya KGBshnika, kotorii zapreshal ego muziku v lice Black Sabbath.
    Toshno videt` kak umeraet legenda.
    Zato budu so zloradstvom gliadet` kak vsyakie ubludki tipa edra i nashistov vibrasivaut kimono i lizgi i pokupaut diski purple. Teper vsegda s malen`koi bukvi.

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    mr.TrinityRecords says:


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    Thomas Radwick says:

    Deep Purple let themselves be bought for a night by a bunch of Russian fatcat elitists.

    Perfoming like court jesters for these powermad greedheads was a foolish and whorish blunder. And not at all in keeping with the spirit of openness of generosity of this great band.

    Dear Ian, Roger, Ian, Steve, and Don–please remember your great gig in San Francisco in the summer of 2007. That was your audience, like so many other audiences you have performed for over the years. People who come to rock with Deep Purple not because they can afford to rent the band for their own swinish private party, but because they love your music enough to budget the money to pay for a seat at a show where they can celebrate your music with people who share their delight in the band.

    Those are your people. And don’t forget it. Ever again.

    Your fan,


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    purplepriest1965 says:

    Kudos to Thomas !

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