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Who are you? Come on! Goodbye! (Putin vs Zhirinovsky)
- JRL 2012-115

You can shout down angry criticism, but you can't squash a really good joke. The Russian opposition has proven yet again it has a very good sense of humour.

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There is a catch phase doing the rounds in Russia at the moment: "Who are you? Come on! Goodbye!" (It makes more sense in Russian, believe me.)

The phrase comes from a video of a party in rural Azerbaijan where a group of men were performing the traditional Meyhana [www.youtube.com/
watch?v=UFUtDdgEYwk&feature=plcp
] basically a rap. Astara region in the southern tip of Azerbaijan on the border with Iran, and the men sing in a mix of Russian, Azeri and the local Talysh language, a form of Persian.

However, the video quickly went viral and has over 3.2m hits now after it was cooped by the Russian opposition movement and redirected at president Vladimir Putin: "Who are you? Come on! Goodbye!"

It didn't take long for someone to get their Mac out and cut the song together with footage of a debate between Putin and the leader of nationalist party LDPR Vladimir Zhirinovsky. [www.youtube.com/watch?v=doiRbIdrrbw]

This video follows on from our personal favourite, a flash mob rendition of "Putin on the Ritz." [www.youtube.com/watch?v=KgoapkOo4vg&feature=plcp]

However, there a nasty end to this story. The authorities in Azerbaijan obviously didn't like what was happening and took the message of the song to be directed against them. Khilal Mamedov, the editor of the Talyshi Sado newspaper and author of the video was arreasted at the weekend for procession of heroin.

Police confirmed Friday that Mamedov had been arrested with 5.8 grams of heroin, while another 28.3 grams were discovered at his residence. Police have opened a criminal investigation, and Mamedov could face from three to 12 years in prison.

Talyshi Sado is a Talysh language newspaper that represents the local minority that lives in southern Azerbaijan. The arrest is widely seen as politically motivated.

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You can shout down angry criticism, but you can't squash a really good joke. The Russian opposition has proven yet again it has a very good sense of humour.

YouTube Logo and Trademark symbol
There is a catch phase doing the rounds in Russia at the moment: "Who are you? Come on! Goodbye!" (It makes more sense in Russian, believe me.)

The phrase comes from a video of a party in rural Azerbaijan where a group of men were performing the traditional Meyhana [www.youtube.com/
watch?v=UFUtDdgEYwk&feature=plcp
] basically a rap. Astara region in the southern tip of Azerbaijan on the border with Iran, and the men sing in a mix of Russian, Azeri and the local Talysh language, a form of Persian.

However, the video quickly went viral and has over 3.2m hits now after it was cooped by the Russian opposition movement and redirected at president Vladimir Putin: "Who are you? Come on! Goodbye!"

It didn't take long for someone to get their Mac out and cut the song together with footage of a debate between Putin and the leader of nationalist party LDPR Vladimir Zhirinovsky. [www.youtube.com/watch?v=doiRbIdrrbw]

This video follows on from our personal favourite, a flash mob rendition of "Putin on the Ritz." [www.youtube.com/watch?v=KgoapkOo4vg&feature=plcp]

However, there a nasty end to this story. The authorities in Azerbaijan obviously didn't like what was happening and took the message of the song to be directed against them. Khilal Mamedov, the editor of the Talyshi Sado newspaper and author of the video was arreasted at the weekend for procession of heroin.

Police confirmed Friday that Mamedov had been arrested with 5.8 grams of heroin, while another 28.3 grams were discovered at his residence. Police have opened a criminal investigation, and Mamedov could face from three to 12 years in prison.

Talyshi Sado is a Talysh language newspaper that represents the local minority that lives in southern Azerbaijan. The arrest is widely seen as politically motivated.


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