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Medvedev shows off dance moves

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 today.

world Updated: Apr 20, 2011 20:27 IST

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.