Mamma Mia! Putin's a Dancing Queen

Putin's secret Abba tribute band concert
By Peter Fearon,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 6, 2009 9:56 AM CST
Russia's man after midnight, Abba devotee Vladimir Putin.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – Russia's Vladimir Putin may appear to have ice flowing through his veins, but beneath that arctic exterior is the pulsating heart of an ABBA fan. The Russian PM paid $30,000 to have Abba tribute group Bjorn Again secretly flown to Moscow for a private concert for himself and a handful of guests, the Times of London reports. He even got his groove on.

“He was dancing along in his seat to 'Super Trouper' and raised his hands in the air during 'Mamma Mia' when we asked the audience to," said Aileen McLaughlin, the band's faux Agnetha Fältskog. "It was the smallest audience we have ever performed to, but Mr. Putin was really enjoying it, shouting ‘bravo’ and clapping with the others.”
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