Putin sings, plays piano at charity event

St. Petersburg: Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin played the piano and sang an English song at a charity event in St. Petersburg for children diagnosed with cancer.

The prime minister joined famous actors and entertainers for the charity event Friday.

Guests at the event - held at the Ice Palace in Russia`s second largest city - included Sharon Stone, Kevin Costner, Monica Belucci, Vincent Cassel, Goldie Hawn, Kurt Russell, Paul Anka, Mickey Rourke, Alain Delon, Ornella Muti, Ingrid and Gerard Depardieu.

During the event, Putin played the Russian song "From Where Does the Motherland Begin" on the piano and then sang a song in English with jazz performers.

His performance received a standing ovation.

Money raised at the event will be donated to cancer centres to buy equipment and medicines.


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