Here’s Boris Yeltsin doing the ‘Gangnam Style’ dance – in 1996

November 1, 2012

When Russian President Boris Yeltsin ran for reelection in 1996, he won 36 percent of the vote in the first round, not enough to win but enough to get him to the runoff, where he earned 54 percent and a second term in office.

How'd he do it? Why, by inventing Gangnan Style, of course. Someone dug the above video from a 1996 Yeltsin campaign event where he appears to be doing an unsettling but strikingly Gangnam-like dance.

In case you're doubting the similarities with the South Korean pop hit, here's a still of Yeltsin mid-Gangnam:

My favorite part of this video is the description on YouTube: "Russian President Boris Yeltsin invented Gangnam Style to help him win an election in 1996."

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