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Medvedev shows off dance moves

world Updated: Apr 20, 2011 20:27 IST
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Stepping to the beat of 1990s pop hit American Boy, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev's stiff dance moves became an immediate viral hit on YouTube on Wednesday.

Sporting a form-fitting silver jacket and open collar, Medvedev somewhat awkwardly wiggles his hips and kicks up his heels with other party guests in the half-minute clip posted late on Tuesday.

The performance attracted mixed reactions from Russians, with nearly 300 comments only hours after it was posted.

"It looks like Medvedev's swallowed a stick," one viewer commented.

An avid twitter user, Medvedev is seen as more liberal and Western-leaning than his mentor and current Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, a former KGB officer who steered him into the country's top job in 2008.

Putin, who faced limits to a third term as president after his 2000-2008 rule, is still seen by most Russians as the man pulling the strings.

He has not ruled out a bid to return to the Kremlin in the fast approaching March 2012 polls, saying he will decide with Medvedev which of the leaders will stand as candidate.