Screengrab via YouTube/AP
Screengrab via YouTube/AP

Not to be outdone by Persian cat-loving Bond villains, or Hannibal Lector’s famously exquisite tastes—barring the one he harbors for human flesh—Russian president Vladimir Putin has demonstrated his appreciation for a well-tuned piano.

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As the Associated Press reports, Putin pecked away at both Moscow’s anthem and that of St. Petersburg—the latter his native city—while waiting to speak with Chinese president Xi Jinping. He was in Beijing, China on Sunday, May 14, for the occasion.

Perhaps you’re wondering, was Putin any good? Really, it shouldn’t matter. The Russian dictator has cultivated an oppressive regime where his dissidents, including journalists, are murdered or sent to Siberia, minority communities are brutalized, and domestic violence is legal. He also provided significant military aid to Bashar al-Assad as the Syrian dictator massacred Aleppo’s rebel stronghold.

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But for the record, no. His ability seems mediocre at best.

Nonetheless, the New York Times tweeted out news of Putin’s ivory tickling in an unsettlingly gushy manner.

Oh, his “softer side.” Sure. I suppose one cannot orchestrate assassinations all the livelong day.

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Let’s not forget Putin’s other sexy accomplishments, though:

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One might think that Donald Trump composed these tweets—after all, he has not masked his affection for the Russian dictator. However, we’re well aware that when it comes to the art of written expression, our president is none too skilled.

Perhaps one day, we’ll see footage of Trump and Putin sitting cozily side-by-side on a piano bench, banging out “Heart and Soul.”

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DISCUSSION

This. If we are going to go down the path of blatant authoritarianism I want someone sufficiently maniacal. Plays piano, speaks a couple languages, preferably has a white cat or a swimming pool full of money he dives into.

Instead we have El Organge, who is both horribly tacky and incompetent. It’s all a big let down.