It’s unlikely that you haven’t heard of Russia’s
dictator president Vladimir Putin. But have you ever heard him speak English? What about sing in English?
As tensions rise over Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, all eyes turn to Russia’s horse-riding president, the 69-year-old Vladimir Putin.
In spite of the fact that he rarely speaks anything other than his native Russian, Putin is actually a polyglot. No, not a polygamist, a polyglot. Aside from Russian, he is fluent in German and also converses in English on rare occasions.
Putin will frequently use German while visiting German-speaking countries, a language the former KGB agent used on a daily basis while stationed in East Germany during the Cold War.
Even though it’s rare to see the Russian president speak in English publicly, it does happen.
An example of this was when Putin shared a joke with Barack Obama at the 2012 G20 summit in Mexico. Regardless of what he said, we can infer that he was speaking English given that neither president was using a translator.
“He [Putin] practically understands English completely and sometimes even corrects the translators,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said.
From a press conference held after Russia won the right to host the 2018 FIFA World Cup to a series of interviews with director Oliver Stone, you can hear Putin speak English if you look for it.
Okay, but what about Putin singing in English? Oh, yes, and there’s video.
In 2010, Putin’s most sensational display of English came when he performed an interesting rendition of the popular American song “Blueberry Hill” at a star-studded charity dinner in St. Petersburg, Russia.
Now if we could only convince Putin to start raising money for children again instead of killing them indiscriminately in Ukraine, that would be great.