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August 5, 2011 / AFP, Moscow / DC.
Member of Internet community supporting Russia's President Medvedev holds pail of beer as she takes part in a performance discouraging Russian youngsters from drinking alcohol in public places, in central Moscow - AFP
Two young women stripped down to bikinis in central Moscow on Thursday to express support for Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, in the latest exposure of bare flesh ahead of 2012 polls.
Prime Minister Vladimir Putin has already inspired an apparently rival group of women to similar acts of naked daring but this was the first time the incumbent Russian president has prompted an erotic frisson.
Surrounded by a gaggle of photographers, activists from a group called Medvedev is Our President said they would take their clothes off to support Medvedev's initiative to cut down on the public drinking of beer.
They invited members of the public strolling on Pushkin Square to pour their cans of beer into buckets. When the beer reached a certain level, they took off their shorts, then their tops.
Anna Sirotkina, a blonde activist who stripped down to a black bikini, told the media the event was aimed at attracting the attention of young male beer drinkers.
"We're taking our clothes off because this event is aimed mainly at young men and our main slogan is 'Choose beer or us'," she said.
It remains unclear which of the two men will stand in next year's presidential elections, and the ‘Medvedev Girls’ unsurprisingly said they wanted the current Kremlin chief to stand for another term
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