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What's with girls stripping for Russian leaders?

Last updated on: August 5, 2011 09:55 IST

Image: Members of an internet community supporting President Dmitry Medvedev take off their outerwear during a performance to criticise Russian youngsters drinking beer in public places, in central Moscow
Photographs: Denis Sinyakov/Reuters

Two women stripped down to bikinis in central Moscow on Thursday to pledge their support for Russian President Dmitry Medvedev ahead of the 2012 polls.

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What's with girls stripping for Russian leaders?

Image: Members of an internet community supporting Russia's President Dmitry Medvedev in Moscow
Photographs: Denis Sinyakov/ Reuters

A rival group of women had already exposed for Prime Minister Vladimir Putin on a previous occasion.

Activists from a group called 'Medvedev is Our President' said they were stripping to endorse the president's initiative to discourage public drinking of beer.

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What's with girls stripping for Russian leaders?

Image: Young women from a social network group called 'I really like Putin' clean a car during an event in front of Moscow's State University building
Photographs: Sergei Karpukhin /Reuters

Medvedev in July signed a bill that officially classifies beer as an alcoholic beverage to fight alcoholism and to control the sale of the drink.  

The activists, who encouraged passersby to pour their cans of beer into buckets, first took off their shorts and then their tops after the beer reached a certain level in the buckets. 

The slogan for the event was 'Choose beer or us'.

A rival group called 'I Really Do Like Putin' had stripped to bikinis and washed cars in July in a tribute to the popular prime minister.