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Well, no one really doubted it. The person who received the most votes was Boris Borisovich Grebenschikov. According to popular opinion, he, of all musicians, would look best in the role of the...

Well, no one really doubted it. The person who received the most votes was Boris Borisovich Grebenschikov. According to popular opinion, he, of all musicians, would look best in the role of the Russian President. He beat the "wise, kind, intelligent Makarevich,"the "educated Alexander F. Sklyar," and even Yu. Shevchuk.

BG's role in PR-history was eloquently analyzed by Dmitri Ol'shansky: "It's obvious that Boris Grebenschikov would become president.
The thing is, his talent in public relations- giving interviews, making a good impression on provincial women (and I think that provincial women make up a large percent of the voter turnout), and other things, puts him far ahead of other musicians.
Apart from that, Aquarium is the only ensemble of its type that is so successful in the most unpredictable strata. The audience of Chaif, Auktsyon, or Grazhdanskaya Oborona is obvious, but everyone listens to BG- from housewives to intellectuals. I think that in a second round, BG would beat Egor Letov, the representative of the protesting electorate."

Karen, a supporter of Alexander F. Sklyar, insists that Sklyar possesses many characteristics crucial for being a president: "Smart, educated, understands the system. But I'm afraid that it's rather unlikely that he would run as a candidate :)," Karen admits. That's the problem.

The suggestion that was most striking due to its rationality was sent by Illarion Basil'chikov: "I believe that my favorite artist, Stevie Wonder, should be elected president. In that case, the president wouldn't wish that he were blind after having to see the chaos in this country."

Ol'shansky, Vasil'chikov and Karen will get the apolitical "Vermicelli" for their political insight.

We thank everyone.

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29.03.2000, Анна АРУТЮНЯН (ЗВУКИ РУ)