`Putin party` at Moscow night club perturbs premier

A glitzy Moscow night club sparked controversy on Wednesday by advertising a dance night called Putin Party, with a flyer praising the strongman prime minister as an "object of desire."

Last Updated: Mar 02, 2011, 11:49 AM IST

Moscow: A glitzy Moscow night club sparked
controversy on Wednesday by advertising a dance night called Putin
Party, with a flyer praising the strongman prime minister as
an "object of desire."

The Rai, or Heaven, nightclub in central Moscow
advertised the event on a banner across the central Novy Arbat
street, reading "Putin Party" with the slogan "I want a prime
minister".
The authorities said they could pull the plug on the
event, however.

Putin`s press secretary said Tuesday he would consult
lawyers over whether the club broke a law that using a
person`s name and image requires the person`s consent.

"We will consult lawyers and decide what to do," Putin`s
spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, told the RIA Novosti news agency.

A flyer for the party on the club`s website is a mock
ballot paper to choose "an object of desire." Putin`s name is
decorated with a lipstick kiss.

The club`s art director, Artyom Shatrov, told AFP the
event would go ahead despite Peskov`s comment.

"Nobody told us to cancel it. The Kremlin did not contact
us. There wasn`t any point in cancelling it," he said.
The party`s theme was chosen by a poll of female
clubbers, who were asked to vote for the most attractive man
from a list including footballer David Beckham and actor Bruce
Willis, Shatrov said.

PTI