Putin hearts ABBA?

Is this some sort of odd Russian thing? (Also via The New Ledger)

Mamma Mia! Putin denies mystery ABBA concert

Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin’s office moved on Friday to quash claims he attended a mystery concert featuring ABBA lookalikes singing to him from behind a veil at a military-style compound.

Putin’s spokesman Dmitry Peskov reacted after the London-based Bjorn Again, a long-established act that imitates 1970s pop super-group ABBA, said it had put on a show, cloaked in secrecy, for Putin, seven male guests and a woman who may have been the premier’s wife.

“I can tell you officially and for sure Vladimir Putin never took part in any concert of the kind. He wasn’t there,” Peskov said.

However the musicians’ manager, Rod Stephen, said he was in little doubt about whom the concert was for, and one of the band’s singers said she saw Putin himself at the performance.

Really, I’m missing this one. Surely a guy who goes around using judo on tigers with his shirt off (I’ll spare you that last one) can be allowed to like an ABBA tribute band…

Moe Lane

PS: For the morbidly curious: Bjorn Again.

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