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Putin to Critic: ‘You Pour Diarrhea Over Me Day and Night’

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Slade Sohmer

By Slade Sohmer on January 19, 2012

John Parr, the ’80s one-hit wonder behind “St. Elmo’s Fire (Man in Motion),” recently updated his iconic movie theme song to include some football lyrics in a new version called “Tim Tebow’s Fire.” Something tells us Def Leppard won’t be doing the same thing for “Pour Some Sugar on Me” after the band hears what Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin said on Wednesday.

At a meeting with 30 editors-in-chief of big media outlets in Russia, Putin singled out the liberal Moscow Echo radio’s Alexei Venediktov for his consistent disparagement. “You pour diarrhea over me day and night,” Putin said, apparently auditioning for 2 Russians 1 Cup.

His remark, Veneditkov didn’t say, really puts the “poo” in Putin.

The BBC has more on the context of the hilarious out-of-context scheisse video quote:

Mr Putin told Venediktov he rarely listened to Echo but had tuned in unwittingly one day last summer while on a visit to the Black Sea coast to inspect preparations for the 2014 Winter Olympics.

“Missile defence was being discussed,” he said.

“Listen, I had never heard such ravings… I was lying there in bed… and thinking: but this isn’t news, this is serving the foreign policy interests of one state with regard to another, with regard to Russia.”

Mr Putin appeared to mock Echo’s editor. He asked him about his voting intentions and suggested that Venediktov was offended by the question after the Echo editor said he had not voted since 1996 – the last Russian presidential election before Mr Putin came to power.

“Yes, I am offended, I am,” Venediktov replied. “I’ll tell you why later.”

“So I don’t get offended when you pour diarrhoea over me day and night but you take offence at me – I just say two words and already you’re offended,” said Mr Putin.

“I was kidding, I’m not offended,” Venediktov answered.

“Well, I’m not kidding,” the Russian prime minister shot back.

Moscow Echo is actually majority-owned by Russian state gas monopoly Gazprom, but the radio station is highly critical of the prime minister and regularly features opposition critical of Putin’s regime.

Putin, having served two terms as president and one as prime minister, is running for a third, non-consecutive term as president in March. He has been accused of rigging the ballot in the December 4 parliamentary elections, in which political party won only about 50 percent of the vote, down significantly from the 64 percent of the vote earned four years earlier.

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