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    Mar 28, 2014

    Learn The Russian Alphabet With This Vladimir Putin Parody Video

    With oil, shirtless horseback riding and religious references galore, Egor Zhgun's animated video highlights many hallmarks of Putin's rule.

    Animator Egor Zhgun, who often makes visual parodies of Russian politics, recently released a video of "Putin's alphabet":

    View this video on YouTube

    The video is a parody of the Olympic opening ceremony video of the Russian alphabet.

    It starts off with Putin dreaming about being Napoleon Bonaparte:


    Just like the Olympic opening ceremony video, every letter of the Russian alphabet appears with a word that is meant to represent the country.

    Reference is then made to United Russia, the country's leading centrist party, led by Dmitri Medvedev.

    And Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov (who has a very close relationship with Putin) is represented by a mocking Nelson:

    Religious extremist groups such as the Orthodox Gonfalon-Carriers are mentioned:

    As is Russia's Kremlin-controlled Gazprom, the largest gas company in the world:

    Former Ukrainian president Yanukovych is seen passively flip-flopping between Russia and the European Union (which started the conflict in Ukraine):

    And attention is brought to the Bolotnaya Square case from 2012, when a rally in Moscow ended up with eight participants being convicted for "mass riots":

    The Dima Yakovlev Bill, which prohibits Americans from adopting Russian orphans, is also mentioned.

    Several nods are made to the dystopian society in Orwell's 1984:

    And the video is even "censored" at some point.

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